Updated! LAT: Marchers demand more community say in Metro development plans
by Anonymous on Friday, September 14, 2012
Seeking to challenge how rail expansion is being used to displace and gentrify our neighborhoods, on Thursday, September 13th, the Bus Riders Union joined with allies East LA Community Corporation, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Union de Vecinos and others as part of the activities for the Right to the City Urban Congress. The Urban Congress is using theater, march and art installation as part of a three-day national gathering of nearly 500 members of the Right to the City Alliance, intended to highlight the role that Metro has had in making the lives of working families more difficult over the last decade.
Isela Gracian of ELACC explains, "in Boyle Heights alone, Metro has displaced 250 families, left empty lots to sit vacant for more than six years, and sanctioned private development plans that would bring in big-box retailers at the peril of locally-owned small businesses."
The Los Angeles Times covered the protesters as they marched through Union Station, holding a brief rally in front of LA Metro headquarters, before continuing on to Boyle Heights. LAT quoted BRU Lead Organizer Sunyoung Yang "Over the years there has been a net loss in affordable housing," she said. "People have been displaced."