Gentrification? Bring it – Times Union

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Jonathan Wynn, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Andrew Deener, University of Connecticut(THE CONVERSATION) In July, a group of long-time, mostly Latino residents of Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood staged protests outside a trendy new coffee shop called Weird Wave Coffee, holding signs that read “Amerikkkano” and “WHITE COFFEE.” Across the country in Brooklyn’s rapidly gentrifying Crown Heights neighborhood, locals lashed out over a new restaurant with decor that included fake bullet holes and a menu that offered a drink called “40 ounce rosé” (malt liquor and wine) served in a paper bag.