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(en) US, Tempe, AZ: Anti-Yuppie Action confronts developers' party

Date Wed, 23 May 2007 11:55:27 +0300

Anti-Yuppie Action (AYA) held a demonstration in Tempe on Sunday May 20, to (un)welcome developers and potential buyers of lofts at the proposed Mosaic Condos. A dozen Tempe residents, anarchists, and haters of condo culture braved the heat in a "sneak attack" demonstration to confront those who would evict us and other working folks who stand in the way of the latest 20+ story condo in the downtown area. --- A few of the potential buyers came over to speak with demo participants and question why anyone would demonstrate against "progress" for the community (by progress they mean the mass evictions of the largely Latino and black neighborhood being gentrified). The conversations were mostly rational and not heated (a surprise to me considering how many margaritas were being slurped down), and were successful in convincing a couple of the yuppies and investors to not purchase a loft.

AYA will continue to hit the streets to fight the hordes of yuppie invaders across the valley.

The text of the call to action:


Anti-Yuppie Action (AYA) invites all Tempe residents and working people who are fed up with seeing our neighborhoods destroyed by the Yuppie development invasion to join us this Sunday to confront those who would see us uprooted from our neighborhoods and our lives for their selfish, greedy lifestyles. Join us this weekend to let the developers and yuppies know that they're NOT WELCOME in Tempe!

Here's what's going down:
The new Mosaic lofts will soon be built on the NW corner of Ash Ave. & University, the site the co-op was located on, the building will stand 22 stories tall, and as a monument to the yuppie triumph over Tempe. If you're like us, you're sick of all the endless construction that doesn't bring jobs down here for folks like us or improve our economic standing. Nope, it pushes folks like us out of the neighborhood, evicted house by house, apartment by apartment, and even our beloved locally owned business get the boot. Why? For the wealthy and super-wealthy to make Tempe their new playground, apparently Scottsdale and Phoenix weren't good enough.

So, the Mosaic developer is throwing a booze party for potential buyers of the condos this Sunday (from 2-5 PM) at the Macayo's on 3rd and Ash Ave. Tempe's unwelcome potential new residents will be slurping down the margaritas with their rich pals, chauffeured around on a tour of Tempe by a trolley.

We'll be meeting up at the Southwest corner of Ash Ave & University from 1-1:30, then walking down to the Macayo's to have a working folks' (un)welcoming party (and mobile BBQ) for future Mosaic residents. We'll be out there having a good time (but making theirs a bit more unpleasant) from 2-4, COME ON OUT!!!
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