McNair/Gateway Scholars Program USC

Eduardo Arenas

Major and Classification

Urban Planning and Development

Faculty Mentors

  • Professor Martin Krieger

Department

  • Planning and Development

McNair Project

"The Gentrification of Boyle Heights"

This research paper seeks to understand how the local state uses the redevelopment process to gentrify low-income Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Gentrification is commonly known to displace low-income residents, and replace them with higher-income residents by increasing the cost of housing. Redevelopment can also accomplish this. It is argued here that the eventual displacement of low-income residents is already visible in who the local state includes in the formulation of the redevelopment plan. I illustrate this point by examining the process by which the Adelante Plan was formulated - a plan aimed at redeveloping the Boyle Heights area, a low-income Latino district east of downtown Los Angeles. By conducting interviews with CRA & MTA representatives, local architects, council members, residents, and community organizers and by using newspapers and other media on redevelopment, I plan to study the linkage between redevelopment and gentrification and whether redevelopment in Boyle Heights will facilitate the gentrification process of this inner-city neighborhood.