Making Contact

A Tale of Two Heights

Two neighborhoods — Boyle Heights in Los Angeles and Crown Heights, Brooklyn New York — are experiencing the gamut of changes associated with gentrification. And some are pushing back against those who would cash in on the eviction and displacement of longtime residents. On this edition of Making Contact we hear how one Crown Heights restaurant drew the protest of local residents, and how a coalition of activists in Boyle Heights is taking direct action against gentrifying forces in the neighborhood. 


Leonardo Vilchis, Union de Vecinos & Defend Boyle Heights; Claudia Medina, Eviction Defense Network; Carlos Montes, Centro CSO & Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council; Diana Richardson, NY State Assembly; Becca Brennan, owner of Summerhill restaurant; Geoffrey Davis, Crown Heights community organizer

For more information:

Crown Heights Bar Owner Plasters Over Controversial ‘Bullet Hole’ Wall – Emma Whitford, Gothamist

Crown Heights Town Hall Meeting, August 24, 2017

An LA Community Fights the “Discovery” of Its Neighborhood by Commercial Art Galleries – 
Abe Ahn, Hyperallergic

Track every NYC apartment eviction on this interactive map – Tanay Warekar, Curbed New York

Defend Boyle Heights – Anti-gentrification coalition based in Boyle Heights

Defend Boyle Heights sparks controversy with anti-gentrification push – Saúl Soto, Boyle Heights Beat

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