In sharp contrast to the last coffeehouse that I saw, which sits in the same parking lot as an automobile dealership, in an area that appears to be quite safe (and bland), Luna Caffe is quite interesting to me for a different reason...

Gentrification.

A couple of weeks ago I heard a report about protests in Los Angeles over the gentrification of neighborhoods, and the story began with a protest outside of an craft coffeehouse. Thus, as I drove down Wilmington's Castle Street and noticed how the soul food restaurant, trash on the street, and sketchy characters gave way to a cleaner look and artsy boutiques in the blocks around Luna, I thought to myself that this had to be an example of gentrification in progress.

And sure enough, a little googling reweals that parts of Castle Street are quite rough, even dubbed "blood corner"...

https://www.instagram.com/p/_pSTc_xbzn/

While further down the street turns into the Castle Street Arts & Antiques District...

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/real_estate_-_residential/2016/01/14/new_projects_add_to_castle_street_inventory/14272

Gentrification is a complex topic, too much so to discuss in a short post about a coffeehouse, but my position can be boiled down to the simple question--"does any person or group have
a right to live in a given place?"
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