NPR Profiles Ongoing Clash Between Galleries and Residents in LA’s Boyle Heights

June 29th, 2017

NPR has a piece on the ongoing conflict between gallery owners and neighborhood residents in East Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood, where fears of “artwashing” and gentrification have led to fierce clashes between each party.  “Put in an art gallery with paintings that cost tens of thousands of thousands of dollars and the audience that comes to this place starts looking for other kinds of amenities,” says community organizer Leonardo Vilchis. “They look for the brewery, for the coffee shop for the place to hang out. All of those things increase the cost and the value of the local neighborhood. “

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