Even though the displaced Cactus Rose residents may receive some relocation assistance, the point is that yet another working-class Latino community is being uprooted so a luxury apartment can be built for newcomers [“After Numerous Delays, Cactus Rose Zoning Case Heads to Council
,” News, Sept. 23]. Because of past discrimination practices and current socio-economic conditions, gentrification is a race issue. Back in the 1920s the city started pushing black and Mexican people from their West Austin neighborhoods to the Eastside. And years later, because these people were redlined and turned down for bank loans, they could not fix up their houses or start a business. In the meantime investors started buying up property all over East Austin. City officials have a long history of catering to the wealthy and to businesses and developers. Now they are allowing encroachment on the southeast area which will push Latinos even further out!