Bacaro, Cafe Corso, Gentrification and South-Central

A report from Miritza Navarro of Intersections: The South LA Reporting Project.

"For the past few years, the city of Los Angeles has been trying to revamp the image of what is now known as "South LA."

Two new businesses located just North of USC in USC University Park are trying to infuse their refined palates with the community. Richard Weiche is the barista and owner of Cafe Corsa, a cafe that specializes in individually brewed drip coffee and exquisite espresso machines. Santos Uy is one of two USC alumni who own Bacaro LA, a wine bar boasting an esoteric and affordable wine selection, with a seasonal menu.

However, the changes in the community can have an unwanted outcome. With new business comes gentrification, which can raise the cost of rent and push the current population out. The solution might be a balance between improving the community and preserving the current population. If new businesses can come in and offer residents in the community alternative choices, while attracting outsiders to visit, then perhaps the perceptions of the area can change as well."

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