Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Faculty Advisor(s)

Laura Loustau


Gentrification has increased within the latino community. Two examples of this process occurring today include cities like Santa Ana and Mexico city. Capitalistic views facilitate gentrification as companies with more purchasing power are able to buy areas and maintain their ability to stay there. Residents from Mexico city and Santa Ana provide their side of the story of the changes they are witnessing and how they are being affected. The globalization of businesses has further facilitated the process of gentrification as companies are motivated by capital led development in urban spaces. After Mexico signed the NAFTA, WTO, and OECD, it marked the country’s entrance into globalization which led to the flow of foreign capital and investment into urban infrastructure affecting Mexico City. Santa Ana’s residents began to feel the effects of gentrification when a street trolley began to be built in the downtown area without warning making it difficult for local businesses to maintain open. Modern, aesthetic, and trendy infrastructure and businesses depicting an image of luxury brought in people with more spending power into these areas which have been taking over the local communities making it harder for existing residents to stay in areas that they have been living in for years.


Presented at the Spring 2024 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.