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Anglo Reconquista Revisited

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We all know that Los Angeles is changing, and it’s changing fast in more ways than LAist can count. Media attention is generally focused on L.A. as global city containing immigrants from all over the globe and where Anglo residents are no longer the majority. This commentary by Gregory Rodriguez in the L.A. Times points to another interesting fact—that the urban “core” from Hollywood to Downtown might be experiencing “a quiet Anglo reconquista.” LAist won’t take on the pro- vs. anti-gentrification debate now, but the piece will get you thinking about the many implications of demographic trends, particularly vis-à-vis some of our most beloved neighborhoods.

Spend a day on Echo Park Avenue or parts of Koreatown and we can’t miss the fact that gentrification has transformed numerous neighborhoods at varying speeds ranging from gradual to dizzying. While sitting at the bar at Pete’s Café in the Old Bank District, we see upwardly mobile white folks walking their dogs down Main Street as other Downtown denizens make their way to the Midnight Mission.