As a journalist I have my ears and eyes open to any new idea in order to write it as an article. Through these observations I learned that a lot of people are moving to Boyle Heights but not working individuals that have rich culture but hipsters. I have no problem with anyone coming to Boyle Heights because Boyle Heights has a history of many different races living here. What I have a problem is people kicking families out in order to build “hip” stores, restaurants, etc.
Throughout the years I’ve seen people moving in to Boyle Heights trying to enrich themselves with the history and culture of BH. But some people have decided to open “hip” stores around to make it seem a look better than what it already is. It really gets me mad since I’ve watched many “hipsters” take over places that already have tenants living there.
The sad thing about this whole situation is the fact that mostly all the families that they decide to kick out are low-income families who have an immigrant background. Not only that, but cultures die in the process. History dies when the people leave the place, no longer will it be a special place where people can take refuge. It becomes a “hip” place where mindless people go to become not mainstream.
This is really sad since the people will have to leave their communities and go somewhere else. They will have to adjust to a new environment where all the history and memories they have will vanish. It’s really ironic how many people want immigrants out of their communities but yet happen to kick them out of their own homes. Maybe I’m judging the people too fast and I apologize for that. But how would you feel if you see your community turning into “hip” coffee shops, thrift stores, etc?
If this continues to happen and if it happens too quickly the people of BH will not tolerate this and neither will I. BH has been a ground for many immigrants families who were rejected from other places. Hipster nation will not become the next Boyle Heights. If it does then what happens to all the things teachers, students, parents, etc worked hard for to make an improvement of this community? So please before you start to point out that Boyle Heights is a “ghetto place” make sure to know your history and know that gentrification is going on in your community.