Silver Persinger posted this video from way back in June of the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhood’s (ACORN) bike tour of Highland Park and Barton Heights.
The Wingnut was extremely wary of the presence of ACORN in Southern Barton Heights, as tours like theirs tend to be gentrification pushes, with the demographic of participants falling heavily on the side of upper-middle class white people. The Wingnut fliered the neighborhood before the walking tour, and also chalked the side walks in some places where the tour was scheduled to stop. Gentrification is a serious issue, and one which we felt needed to be brought up during this event, even if not everyone working for ACORN or participating in ACORN events was necessarily someone working to gentrify the neighborhood. Some of the interactions we had that day- including being assaulted by one person trying to sell a house and having one ACORN woman repeatedly call the police over our fliers before even attempting to engage in conversation with us, showed that some of our fears about the ACORN tour were indeed valid.
The bike tour aspect of ACORN’s visit to the neighborhood seemed to be bottom lined by genuinely enthusiastic and goodhearted younger members of the organization. (more…)