BOYLE HEIGHTS, Calif. (FOX 11) - It's out with the old and in with the new in Boyle Heights.
Boyle Heights residents say their predominantly Latino community is in the process of being gentrified and because of it, small businesses are being forced out.
It's affecting local favorites like "Carnitas Michoacan" restaurant. Carnitas has been cooking food in Boyle heights for the last 33 years, but their landlord recently told the restaurant to move out because Panda Express will be moving in.
Just a few blocks away, O.K. Market, a community grocery store that actually runs tabs for people who can’t afford pay at the time of purchase, is also being evicted. There are plans to build a 7-Eleven just down the street.
There are proposals to build a 1,000 units of luxury housing at the old Sears location and many other plans are in the works. Why is this happening? Some residents say gentrification, when a poor neighborhood attracts higher income residents. Some experts say there are benefits to gentrification, like new job opportunities and higher property values for homeowners.
Still, residents say leave Boyle Heights just the way it is.
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