I left my suburban Los Angeles hometown in 2007 just as Echo Park was in the throes of transforming from an East Hollywood barrio into a hipster haven. A decade later, looking at Detroit’s Southwest side, I see much of the same trappings: a longtime Mexican-American section of town that thrived on immigrant entrepreneurship now being overrun by new money and development.
When I first heard about Flowers of Vietnam — a former coney island slinging pho one night a week — I was relieved to find it didn’t have that icky gentrification feeling. A guy from the neighborhood, owner and chef George Azar, was running the show. | Read more here.