Over the weekend, masked protestors ran amuck in Highland Park posting fake eviction signs on the likes of Town Pizzeria, Scoops, and Donut Friend, reports The Eastsider. The rather extreme measure to kick out the new businesses comes as a reaction to the overall gentrification to the area (does fancy donuts, gelato, and $3 dollar slices count as gentrification).
The protestors took to York Blvd, posting signs like: "EVICTION NOTICE: Check Your Privilege" and "Evicting Displacement" along the street. Reasons offered included: "not affordable," "not culturally welcoming," and "rejecting the displacement of others."
The post has resulted in a major comment storm for The Eastsider, though one wonders why the protestors didn't go against the Starbucks and Jack in the Box up the street instead of this section of town, where quirky and interesting retail keeps sprouting up. Perhaps it was a good thing that the acai bowl and juice spots were open yet.