Reader Ian A. sent us a photo of some new graffiti in the neighborhood. Someone painted “Gentrification Kills” scrawled on the fence of a recently sold modern house at 19th and Jefferson.
It’s not clear who is responsible for the message, but it comes on the heels of much neighborhood debate over some Occupy Seattle graffiti near Judkins Park. Several members of Occupy Seattle helped to clean up that graffiti, saying they do not support such actions.
Gentrification has also been a topic of much discussion in the neighborhood, reignited when Turritopsis Nutricula (moment to brag: I can now spell that without looking it up) established their collective in an unfinished duplex at 23rd and Alder and when people from Umojafest PEACE Center and Occupy Seattle attempted to occupy the Horace Mann building.
County records show that the home at 19th and Jefferson was sold in late October for $649,000.