The Calm After the Storm
The Calm After the Storm
Dérive dans la Nuit…
N. Broadway Dérive continued…
My Own Personal Dérive
Walking on N. Broadway (Calle de Eternidad)
Creating a new Lexicon (damn you Stephen W.)
I finally feeling that I am finding myself in all this research and in between gentification, history, the present, and the potential future.
I realized more and more that I think in images/diagrams, and instead of trying to reinterpret them into fully shaped sentences (a characteristic of an observer is not to share until a fully developed idea and sentence is formed) and I just needed to draw out what I was thinking.
These four words/phrases (though only in the process/works) are what I believe sum up what I am trying to do in Lincoln Heights. These is obviously a site-specific work, but the process is mobile. The diagram I quickly sketched out is purposefully a funnel. An informational funnel that harnesses s site’s history, is bottle-necked and combined with immigration, peoples movement (due to many issues), and a need to preserve not only a site’s history, but also peoples culture, pride, and tradition. HOWEVER, this does not mean that at the other side that culture, tradition,and pride are the same as when they first entered the picture. In fact, at the other end is Cultural Promotion (I hate this phrase, but am trying to figure out a better descriptor for it-perhaps production) which means that the culture that results is influenced by site, personal, and local histories, education, and experience.
I’ve been struggling to find how I fit into the neighborhood and now I realize that I am also part of an immigration story and have an “Arrival” story as KCET.org has featured a couple, and one in particular on Lincoln Heights: Gabrielle Garcia: Her Parents, from Durango, Found Each Other Here.
Any site has history, and usually official history is one-sided. I will have to begin the process of digging deeper and talking with my neighbors so the “people’s history” (borrowed from Howard Zinn) is also shared through this process.
Feeling overwhelmed with ideas and multiple projects in the thought process. WHERE DO I BEGIN???
How much “progress” is too much progress for a neighborhood? What does progress mean?
Who is making progress?
Who is the progress directed at?
Who does the progress benefit?
Who is funding the progress?
Is there a difference if the progress of the neighborhood is done by those that have roots in the area? It’s a tricky subject to navigate as Yancey Quiñones points out:
"All you have to do is get a high school diploma and a B.A. and you’re a gentrifier!" article
Gentrification According to Merriam-Webster
: the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents
And According to the collaborative peoples knowledge dictionary and encyclopedia Wikipedia
: is a shift in an urban community toward wealthier residents and/or businesses and increasing property values. Gentrification is typically the result of investment in a community by local government, community activists, or business groups, and can often spur economic development, attract business, lower crime rates, and have other benefits to a community. Despite these potential benefits, it has been suggested that urban gentrification can lead to population migration, which may involve poorer residents being displaced by wealthier newcomers; separate studies by Lance Freeman (Columbia University) and Jacob Vigdor (Duke University) indicate that there is no more displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods compared to non-gentrifying neighborhoods, however.
In a community undergoing gentrification, the average income increases and average family size decreases. Poorer pre-gentrification residents who are unable to pay increased rents or property taxesmay be driven out. Often old industrial buildings are converted to residences and shops. New businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, cater to a more affluent base of consumers—further increasing the appeal to higher income migrants and decreasing the accessibility to the poor.
Political action is often the community’s response, either to promote the gentrification or oppose economic eviction. Local governments may favor gentrification because of the increased tax base associated with the new high-income residents, as well as other perceived benefits of moving poor people and rehabilitating deteriorated areas.
89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio
Mulit-American: How immigrants are redefining ‘American’ in Southern California
Cultural Mashup Dictionary
: Gente is, of course, Spanish for "people." So I’ll offer my attempt at a definition here:
gen·te·fi·ca·tion (hen-te-fi-k?-shun), noun: The process of upwardly mobile Latinos, typically second-generation and beyond, investing in and returning to the old neighborhood.
Residents of neighborhoods that are experiencing gentefication are still worried “[…] over encroaching development from the west, including the still-standing plans for an upscale redevelopment of the neighborhood […]” Talking with Eastside Luv’s proprieter, Guillermo Uribe “even as a Latino-owned business, was it a harbinger of higher rents? It has since become a popular gathering spot for a mostly second-generation crowd, many of them professionals with Eastside roots.”
“The question remains as to whether Boyle Heights will truly gentrify, eventually attracting affluent non-Latino investors and residents who can pay higher rents in the wake of what has become a thriving Latino arts and entertainment scene. Perched on the edge of downtown, there’s a strong chance it might. But for now, it still belongs to the gente.”
I’ve thought about the ways in which I can make a personal connection to the neighborhood. One way I thought about it was thinking about issues that are of concern or that I am drawn to.
A couple of groups or agencies I have found in Lincoln Heights that work with the above issue or are advocates: