Why Do Hipsters Like to Gentrify Mexican Neighborhoods?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do they love Jean-Claude Van Damme?

DEAR MEXICAN: My wife and I are looking to buy our first house. Being young (ish) and hip (ish), we're looking into buying in Santa Ana. It's amazing how much house and land you can get for $350K compared to the two-bedroom, stacked cracker boxes in South OC. My question is two-fold: Has Santa Ana always been predominately Latino, and if not, when did this demographic shift occur? Growing up in South County in the 1980s, Santa Ana was just a place where white kids DID NOT GO (at least not until we were older and wanted to buy beer without getting carded). Second, the neighborhoods: Why are some so pristine and some sort of terrifying? Wilshire Square and Washington Square are gorgeous, but you go a couple of streets over, and it looks like a São Paulo favela. What gives? Why were some neighborhoods so amazingly preserved?

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DEAR GABACHO: Before I answer your question, déjame put it in a national context for non-Orange County readers so they don't skip ahead to the next question. Gentle cabrones, the gabacho refers to OC's county seat, the largest city in the United States, with an all-Latino city council. All major cities or metropolitan areas have a neighborhood or ciudad such as this, a place the Reconquista gobbled up, that got demonized for decades by scaredy-cat gabachos and that Brave New Urbanists are planning to gentrify. The hipsters who are already there, meanwhile, adore their new barrio because of the low rents, older housing stock, "authentic" experience and quaint neighbors, whom they'll call code enforcement on the minute the music is too loud on a Sunday morning or the corn in the front yard grows too high.

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Back to the gabacho: SanTana (and, yes, spell it like this, as that's how the natives pronounce it) always had Mexican neighborhoods due to housing covenants that restricted where they could buy homes. Once the Supreme Court ruled such regulations unconstitutional, Mexicans (and African-Americans, as well) tried to move on up in the city, only to have gabachos of your parents' generation move to soulless suburbs, where they bred privileged pendejos such as yourself who exaggerate about EVERYTHING. Have you even been to a favela? Of course not; your hipster ass would either be turned into a drug mule or a puddle of quivering piss. So to compare barrios to favelas is insulting to your new neighbors—and typical of hipster douchebaggery. Can't wait to see the fit you'll throw when the guy across the street parks his truck on his lawn for the first time. . . .

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DEAR MEXICAN: Why do Mexicans love Van Damme?

El Karatekero Loco

DEAR WAB: An immigrant who speaks bad English, who kicks everyone's ass for getting in his way, who beds multiple women yet has a heart of gold, who seems to fight for vengeance or honor (and usually both) and always wins—what isn't there to love? Jean-Claude Van Damme is our Belgian foot soldier for the Reconquista—minus the atrocity that was Double Team with Dennis Rodman, of course.

 
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damondevine
damondevine

The once beloved Silverlake is hideous now. Gone are any other race than Anglo white and straight. This fantastic and once humble neighborhood with low rent was created by gays and Latinos where they flourished in harmony for over 50 years. They learned to get along well and I was so happy to be here. It was laid back and everyo0ne was friendly. When the recession hit, yuppy parents brought massive CASH to owners who threw out all renters of both businesses and apartments, with the promise their ugly hipster offspring would pay more.  They gutted everything, even historical landmarks. These bearded vegan idiots invaded with a vengeance and it completely lost it's charm. Rents are sky high, food is sky high, Anglo babies are everywhere, it's very sad.  They have done this to Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco and other places. No one seems to be taking it seriously.

Bushonya
Bushonya

When a neighborhood gets more brown or black, it's "getting more diverse, vibrant, culturally rich" and is to be cherished.  When white folk dare to move into a nayb when heroin, meth and crack are sold openly on the street, they are dreaded "gentrifiers" who are "pushing out the rightful inhabitants" and "trying to turn it into a yuppie playground".

Face it Klavito your racist double standard is showing.  And by any criteria, you are the hipster you so openly despise.

angrysexmachine69
angrysexmachine69

These silly "Mexicans" sound like pathetic Italians on the East Coast back in the 80's and 90's...I am sorry that you people are racist, but change is a fact of life. Demographics are a part of this. What used to be "White" and the "Hispanic" becomes "Asian" and "Middle Eastern" and then something else...That is what America is about...Immigration. You must learn to deal with it, my racist  "Gabacho" friend. ;)

Shawn Schwaller
Shawn Schwaller

The downfall comes when people who live there, and have lived there, after white flight, are priced out. And give me a break w/ the B.S. on the improvement of the schools. You should learn about the changes that took place in public schools after Prop. 13 before making such ignorant comments. Here, start with this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTtAdJi1AjQ

Hoodstar
Hoodstar

I think the so called "hipsters" are also the "gays" ijs..

Joe Rodgers
Joe Rodgers

Because there all gay? they like his splits on the counter.

Joel White
Joel White

Dennise Rojas: apparently your love for Van Damme is a Mexican thing. Lol

Joel White
Joel White

What's wrong with the gays? They make Santa Ana fabulous.

Naomi M. Anderson
Naomi M. Anderson

Why is this even an issue?! It's a free country! Personally, I think it's amazing that different ethnic groups can get along in neighborhoods and if these "hipsters" have kids- the schools performances will get better and Mexicans or Latinos in the area will benefit from the better education. So- please explain what the downfall is.

Jake Lord Aggro Harrington
Jake Lord Aggro Harrington

If it ain't the hipsters it's the gays look at Long Beach, Hillcrest(San Diego) and the Castro they were all low income "minority" neighborhoods that gay business and gay residents took over...

Vir Ti Go
Vir Ti Go

although very true worse part is when the chunts get all defensive when santa ana born and raised residents call out the hispters. I guess the quick access to The Smiths, Independant film & Vegetariansm somehow makes them feel less ( chunt).

John Lee Thomas
John Lee Thomas

Those hipsters need to stop gentrifying Santa Ana. I like the way it is. If they need to gentrify anything... Little Saigon. Traffic on the streets will be so much better.

brian1141
brian1141

I have to  admit Gustavo, you are frickkn funny for a Mexican... I am a Mexican and I am not so frickkn funny. Hipsters should stay in Mission Viejo and away from Santana

Christian X. Figueroa
Christian X. Figueroa

It's not just Mexis, it's all Latins. I can't tell you how many times I saw Jean-Claude movies in Ecuador on the bus.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

I used to drive my broken down car to Guitar Center down there back in 1981. 

Juan Espinoza
Juan Espinoza

Ficking over iPad correction thingy ...' show up ' not shop.

Juan Espinoza
Juan Espinoza

Estos cabrones! as soon as they moved into echo park they started calling it east LA. They proudly claim to be from the east side , someone should show the gueyes a map , point to the LA river and tell their slummin' asses that the real east side lies across that fake river. But hey when they do move in to neighborhoods property values go up , and when there's trouble and they call for help the chota or firebomberos actually shop promptly.

spectroman71
spectroman71

Hysterical!  "The hipsters who are already there, meanwhile, adore their new barrio because of the low rents, older housing stock, "authentic" experience and quaint neighbors"....so true!  I'm one of them!  And I'm thrilled as I watch my property value slowly creep back up to 2005 prices!

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

ahahahhaha



keep on deleting the people read my posts and call you out



why wont you post FOR ALL TO SEE WHAT YOU SENT TO ME IN THE EMAIL


AHAHAHHAAA

esoj1211
esoj1211

In Chicago, the native paisas and ricans pamper the hipsters so that the rent can stay high.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Gustavo


I loved the response 


why is it not posted?



come on


the fear that your response showed 


is for all to see


COME ON 


STEP UP AND BE A MAN

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

privileged?


no one is more privileged than those who have the backing of the government like the minorities do


its one thing to have money and have people jealous of you


its another to have laws and weapons that force you against your will


I dont see black wealthy or latinos of wealth living in the barrios


your jealousy is easy to see


instead of hating to cover up your insecurities openly embrace the well spoken or well mannered of ALL groups




suburbio
suburbio

Last time I checked, SanTana was a suburb and still is.  A couple of blocks of hipster restaurants does not a city make.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Zona Norte count as a favela?

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

Maybe hipsters should demand sanctuary status. IT'S THE RECONQUISTA OF SANTA ANA. HHAAHHHAHA. Poor Gus...doesn't know who to support.

Gary Summers
Gary Summers

Oh boy, Hope the hipster douchecrew doesn't start looking toward san Bernardino. We like our city just as it is, high crime, high jobless rate, high homeless and plain high people. But it beats dealing with those dickweeds pendejos.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Wow--such racism.  

Jen Symank
Jen Symank

I was thinking the exact same thing!! Now the hipsters are headed to Globeville and will ruin that neighborhood's "old school Denver" feel with cute coffee shops and dry cleaners too :(

Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole

I'm pretty sure the "hipsters" neighbors in South OC will just be glad to see the last of him.

Hope D. Martinez-Torres
Hope D. Martinez-Torres

Jean Claude?? Mas Puto. To me the best nalga kicker is La Sigourney Weaver. One of the best honorary Chola Deluxes in all the land. I bet she can whoop that Norris AND Van Dammafook ass any day of the week!

Saygen Davila
Saygen Davila

The Lopers are gonna kick his ass... He should stick to the other side of 17th St.

saygen
saygen

The Lopers are gonna kick his ass... Tell him to stick to the other side of 17th St.

msantillanxx
msantillanxx

@Naomi M. Anderson yeah..THAT'S not racist. 

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Ain't gonna happen idiot! Get used to it, get out!

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Oh, we have MORE than just a couple of blocks. We also are the majority in the beautiful SA neighborhoods to the north. We ain't stopping there.

chichi_von_b
chichi_von_b

@Hope D. Martinez-Torres Thank you!  Sigourney - that's my girl!!

DonAlbertoDoyle
DonAlbertoDoyle

@Hope D. Martinez-Torres Right on.  No olvides la inmigranta Malasia, Michelle Yeoh -- best Bond Girl, EVER!

 
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