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Taking Back the BoulevardArt, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles$
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Jan Lin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479809806

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479809806.001.0001

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Gentrification, Displacement, and the Right to the City

Gentrification, Displacement, and the Right to the City

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Taking Back the Boulevard

Jan Lin

NYU Press

Examines the impacts of the sharpening gentrification process in Northeast Los Angeles and its socioeconomic and racial overtones as immigrant working class Latino/a families are increasingly threatened by displacement through rent increases, evictions, and socially traumatic uprooting of multi-family networks. Gentrification is tied to neoliberal local state efforts in Los Angeles to incentivize private investment through urban policy strategies like transit-oriented development, transit villages and small lot housing development. I argue the creative frontier of urban restructuring in Northeast LA also generates social violence expressing capitalism’s tendency to foster “accumulation by dispossession” that has been countered by neighborhood “right to the city” movements. I examine the rise of the urban social movements like Friends of Highland Park and Northeast LA Alliance that advocate for the rights of those threatened by housing displacement and eviction, address community and environmental impacts of new high-density housing projects, and campaign for more socially just housing and urban planning policies in Los Angeles. There is also examination of the plight of the homeless and rehabilitating gang members

Keywords:   Gentrification, Displacement, Right to the city, Eviction, Latino/as, Northeast LA Alliance, Transit oriented development, Accumulation by dispossession, Homelessness, Rehabilitating gang members

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