Anti-Gentrification Mural In Progress on Balmy Alley

There's a new mural going up in Balmy Alley and it's about everyone's favorite topic: gentrification!  This time, the Hitler-stached policía are broing-down with white folks over coffee as they arrest and harass Latinos, making a safe place for yuppies plugged into the Matrix to type away on their MacPhoneiBookthings while being laughed at by monkeys.  I think.

From one Oakland resident participating in painting the mural:

This particular mural was the perfect adaptation of the culture of the mission changing from a celebrated Chicano community into basically, hipster-yuppy central. In my opinion the mural’s design really does a good job of emphasizing the politics behind gentrification.

The funny thing is, this mural is still relevant in Oakland and many other places around the world.  So many people are losing the heart and culture of their neighborhood, to high rise condo’s and pabst drinking hipsters.  It’s sad that the mission is becoming one of those areas, but so is Oakland, and many other places around the world.

Wait, I'm confused: is it the cops causing gentrification, with their deportations and questionably racist enforcement of the law?  Or is it the hipsters, with their PBR and high rise condo's?

Anyway, for more analysis and pictures of hipsters painting the mural, head over to 2AM Is the time.

Comments (11)

This particular mural was the perfect adaptation of the culture of the mission changing from a celebrated Chicano community into basically, hipster-yuppy central.

The correct response to this sort of thing is: “Welcome to California, you’re obviously new here.”

Using the word “Chicano” means that the Oaklander is from Texas.

Where is the mural holding the nonprofit activists who promised that they had the housing justice thing covered accountable for taking city money and folding like chairs? They still have jobs, many no longer have homes, and development in the Mission is worse now than before Eastern Neighborhoods.

And why are so many professional minders of other peoples’ business who operate in the Mission from Oakland? Whatever happened to self-determination? Hint: if you were unable to figure out how to do what it takes to stay in SF, then why should we trust you on antigentrification?

what’s with the pit bull? is it owned by a Norteño, Sureño or a hipster, or is it from the K-9 unit?

Excellent! I checked out the early stages of this during Sunday Streets the other week. Looks like a very good addition to Balmy.

Why do hipster artists always make art bashing hipsters?

This mural is gentrification.

that cop looks like The Mutants gang leader from Frank Miller’s The Dark Night, OR one of the stage bosses from NES Double Dragon II.

this sort of reminds me of that horrible “but the SF Giants really didn’t beat the WORLD in the World Series” mural that went up in 2010.

fuck white people, just come out and say “I fucking hate white people, die white scum”

save everyone a lot of time and paint.

This mural needs a guy with two burritos duct taped to his hands

Wow this artist is ignorant!!!! Chicanos are Mexican-Americans. Not every fucking latino is Mexican. I’m argentine. God!!!!

Mission District is ugly. It should be gentrified, and bring more educated masses. Who wants to live in a ghetto neighborhood, where there is gang bangs and losers.

“Mission District is ugly. It should be gentrified, and bring more educated masses. Who wants to live in a ghetto neighborhood, where there is gang bangs and losers.”
Apperently Mark Zugaberg, founder of FaceBook just bought a house here in the Mission so he wants to live here.
Also Latin people like to live in the Mission who u apparently classify as losers and gangbangers.
Also hipsters like to live here.
Anyways fuck you Maria, your ugly and your face should be gentrifyed.
Stay out the Mission bitch before u get jacked.
And if us so called losers and gang bangers spot Mark Suckaberg walkin around, ima get that muthafucka for all his shit and tell him to stay out La Mission after I beat his ass.
Im sick of all you Anglo-Saxons moving into the Mission, Fuck Hispters, Fuck Maria(something tells me thats ur fake name) fuck Gentrifyers!!!!!!!!!!!!

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