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A downtown L.A. bar takes a stand against gentrification 2.0

A downtown L.A. bar takes a stand against gentrification 2.0

Bar 107's staff happily described the place as a dive, a hipster-friendly place with cheap beer, free happy-hour pizza and tighty-whitey costume nights. It held down a spot in Los Angeles' rejuvenated historic core, a downtown swath of century-old office buildings now boasting million-dollar lofts and upscale restaurants. Last month, lease negotiations broke down. The bar owner, Vianey Delgadillo, slated a final blowout for May 31. At the last minute, however, Delgadillo decided not to go quietly. During that final bash, the resident disc jockey read aloud a ringing anti-gentrification manifesto, vowing to defy the eviction notice. "Many longtime residents have been...

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