Guinida: Clear the Lane

An Anaheim barrio near Disneyland is targeted for revitalization—again

Residents who were at the Aztec ceremony were skeptical of the city's plans. They gathered at a Día de los Muertos-inspired altar in the Sandbox, where pictures of loved ones lost to hood violence and police shootings over the years were arranged beside small pumpkins, marigolds, pan de muertos and other ofrendas. Among those pictured was Acevedo. His mother, Donna Acevedo, put a bottle of Tapatío and Maruchan Ramen in remembrance, while those assembled—mostly youngsters, including one sitting on a lowrider bike with arched handlebars—listened to the runners' message of peace and prayer.

"You know how many times I've heard that story, that they're going to change something here?" says Frank Romero after being shown the revitalization-proposal cover letter. He's also facing the specter of eviction. "There's three generations living here. People that have had kids; their kids are now having kids.

"[Anaheim officials are] no different than the people from Bell," Romero adds, referring to that city's 2010 scandal. "Residents didn't know what was going on until somebody raised their eyebrow—and look what happened."

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ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Guess I must have missed the alternatives to the so called "Gentrification," put forth by the social do gooders commenting herein.  If you have three generations crammed into this area who appear to want things left as they are, then Anaheim has a "Little Tijuana" environment  and mentality.  So the City brings in a couple of well known non-profit organizations who develop moderate and low income housing for people and they are criticized for it.  Am not an Anaheim tax payer but if I were, I would want the gangs and violence cleaned up, the illegals sent home and redevelopment completed as soon as possible.  

frescostyles
frescostyles

Anaheim city guilty of gentrification plans to Guinida Lane. Damn. To every They r trying to renovate and uplift G lane causing higher rates and cost of living and forcing lower income families to move out of Guinida. Gentrification is the oldest trick in the book. This is not a fix with intentions of promoting social equality or higher living standards for the community. This is a new money making scheme that is implicitly racists, its agenda is to push out low income Mexican families out of the area. This will only create displacement in other communities or other neighboring cities. Please wake up people, this is the same type of thinking that creates future debt for future generations in our economy today. This highly invasive and perverted form of politics is the true cause of our countries gradual decline. I am reaching out to all right wing left wing groups or voting and non voting people. Wake up.

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Hidalgo County has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation . . . which has led almost 40 percent of residents to enroll in the food-stamp program . . . which means a widespread reliance on cheap, processed foods . . . which results in rates of diabetes and obesity that double the national average . . . which fuels the country’s highest per-capita spending on health care.

This is what El Futuro looks like in the Rio Grande Valley: The country’s hungriest region is also its most overweight, with 38.5 percent of the people obese. For one of the first times anywhere in the United States, children in South Texas have a projected life span that is a few years shorter than that of their parents.

It is a crisis at the heart of the Washington debate over food stamps, which now help support nearly 1 in 7 Americans. Has the massive growth of a government feeding program solved a problem, or created one? Is it enough for the government to help people buy food, or should it go further by also telling them what to eat?

You think Anaheim is bad, well try Hidalgo County Texas. This is one reason why Mexican and Central American immigrants head further from the border to Houston and Dallas where your job opportunities are better.

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

La has gotten rid of some its poor people. Actually, having a mixed is better but its hard to find somewhere else to rent.

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Why not condemn/emminent domain one of those empty lots, put down an APD or PCS substation and try to police the area in ernest? Why don't they listen to the people in the area? If the APD or OCS were held accountable they may earn the trust of the poor, but shooting unarmed kids in the back is not a good way to do that.

thanksforallthefish
thanksforallthefish

Bravo to the city for finally doing something... though they should've done it years ago.

This is not about getting rid of poor people, it is about getting rid of people who wage wars on our city streets. They think they own the neighborhood as evidenced by their tagging. Meanwhile, they do nothing for the community besides spread fear and hatred.

If some others get pushed out as well, so be it... Maybe next time they won't sit and watch the gang bangers take over their neighborhood. Do something! Praying to aztlan won't do shit.

Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

the poor lower income family cant even watch theirs kids running around and gunning, i say good, destroy the neighbor in order to save it

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Revitalize" is code for "let's get rid of those pesky poor people". I think the only things that are truly "blighted" in this case are the minds of myopic city officials and greedy developers...

frescostyles
frescostyles

Take a sociology class please. Educate yourself.gentrification is not a permanent fix to any city . Its creates disparity and displacement which will later affect other communities in that city or others.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@thanksforallthefish Say what you want about the barrio runners, but there's no question that they at least engaged residents--with a message of neighborhood peace and nonviolence, something Reggie readers whine and complain Mexis never do! Oh and yeah, poor people will be pushed out. Hell, they already are.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle :  How many of these are illegals?  One reason for the lack of affordable housing is the influx of illegals the past 10-20 years.  It's the old supply and demand issue that the left likes to forget about in their government planned/managed economies.

frescostyles
frescostyles

This is absurd! Please provide the empirical data supporting this ! U are so disconnected from reality and oblivious to pertinent social issues that are at the root of many of our cities problems. I will gladly debate this with you, and I am qualified.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@gregbpc @FishWithoutBicycle 

I don't give a damn about "illegal" or "illegal"...I take issue with government officials and rich fat cats pushing the poor around like they were pawns on a chessboard instead of human beings. Besides, the only people who have a real right to complain about "illegal immigrants" are the Native Americans...

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@frescostyles  

Exactly. Unfortunately many people would rather find a scapegoat to point the finger at than ponder the complexities of our economic/social problems...

frescostyles
frescostyles

Totally agree. The Latino threat is nothing more than a socially instilled fear through media that is pushed by a far right wing agenda. So many factors contribute to the sociological conditions for communities like this. Many of which are directly attributed to government itself.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@gregbpc @FishWithoutBicycle  

So any place that is a "crime infested squalor" must be full of illegals, right? Please. There are plenty of folks who were born in this country who act like trash and commit crimes. And how is displacing the folks who are not illegal nor criminals but simply POOR going to make anything better, either?

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle @gregbpc   that's the problem.  Your ilk does not care about legal/illegal.  I suppose it's better to live in crime infested squalor instead of making things better.  

 
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