MEDIA ADVISORY 

TENANTS PROTEST SALE AND POSSIBLE DEMOLITION OF BUILDING NEXT TO METRO LINE:

RESIDENTS DEMAND PEOPLE-ORIENTED TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT THAT PROTECTS LOW INCOME HOUSING

WHAT: Press Conference:  Tenants protesting potential displacement to present an open letter to all potential building owners informing them that the tenants in the building, and surrounding community, will not be moved without a fight

DATE:  Thursday, November 8, 2012

TIME: 10:00 AM

LOCATION: 2913 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles 90007

 PARTICIPANTS: LA Human Right to Housing Collective and its members, other low income residents living in the Expo Line Transit Corridor, Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER), Union de Vecinos, and ¡Comunidad Presente!

BACKGROUND:  Transit dependent residents living in the “University Park” neighborhoods of South Los Angeles have benefited from the long awaited Expo Line, receiving accessible transportation to Downtown Los Angeles and all its other connections.  However, low income families like the families living at 2913 S. Flower Street – a building directly in front of the newly constructed railway — are now constantly threatened with displacement due to land speculation and profiteering.  Big developers are aggressively trying to buy out the low income tenants to make way for market rate housing, high-end boutiques, restaurants and the like.

 The tenants living at 2913 S. Flower Street have fought for more than 15 years for their homes, withstanding the bulldozers, the noise, the rattling of trains and previous threats of displacement.  Today, as they stand to possibly benefit from the rewards of the transit development, their homes are threatened by speculators.   The very low-income residents who need public transit the most are the first to be pushed out of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) corridors in a county-wide trend to redevelop these newly “transit rich” areas.  Ironically, demolishing affordable housing along these corridors reduces the ridership of public transit.

 The residents of 2913 S. Flower Street are calling a press conference to announce a campaign to protect their homes, their community, and demand “people oriented” transit development along the Expo Line and all current and planned transportation corridors in Los Angeles.   Tenants have prepared an open letter to any potential new owner of their building to put them on notice that residents in this building, and this community, will not be moved without a fight.

VISUALS: Tenants and neighbors holding signs; Expo Line trains; Façade of 2913 S. Flower: a 33 unit Affordable Housing Building; Downtown Los Angeles Skyline; Local Families with Children

Spanish speakers and interpretation will be readily available.

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