Today, a friend on Twitter posted what I thought was an excellent (and provocative) question:

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Without giving it much thought, I responded immediately.

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I realize I’m responding as one whose studies at Fuller have centered around culture (and, by translation, why Jesus teaches us to preserve and challenge culture in subversive ways within it.)

I’m also speaking as a resident of Boyle Heights, where I am definitely living in the minority as a non-Latina, and where there is a certain low-lying fear of gentrification, particularly in light of how areas like Echo Park and Silverlake have changed in recent years.

I may not know all the answers, but I feel that God himself would have me learn how to protect and champion this culture should Boyle Heights gentrify in coming years.

Curious: How might you have answered this question?  Can gentrification ever be redemptive?

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