A decade ago, I wrote an article called "Embrace the Mexican," in which I argued that SanTana, instead of running scared from its Latino super-reality, should double down and make it a wab destination. No one listens to me, though, so the City Council and activists ignored my proposal as the downtown became gentrified as fuck.
Flash forward to this year and last, and a coalition of groups has figured out that the silver bullet for gentrificiation is…making downtown SanTana more Mexican under the guise of a Wellness District. I swear, cabrones, you can't make this stuff up! Anyhoo, the proposed Wellness District is what I talked about this past Monday on my weekly KCRW "Orange County Line" commentary.
As usual, you'll have to click this link to hear the commentary. And, seriously: read my 2005 article, as everything I proposed is now being proposed anew–CRAZY!