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Meet the Patron Saint of Resisting Gentrification

“Blessed mother, saint, and daughter, save me from eviction.”
Santa Mari La Juaricua, hipster glasses and all.
Santa Mari La Juaricua, hipster glasses and all.Courtesy of Brenda Santos de la C.

On a street in Mexico City's Colonia Juarez, in an area bounded by muffler shops on one end and a craft beer garden/gourmet food court on the other, there exists a tiny altar. Inside is the figure of a woman, about 12 inches tall, her hands clasped in supplication.

Blessed mother, saint, and daughter
Save me from eviction, from rising rents and property tax
Save me from greedy landlords and corrupt developers
Save me from gentrification