“It’s like the Christopher Columbus syndrome, you move somewhere and forget anyone was there before you,” Millan said in his shop one recent afternoon. “Now cops have to come down all the time because she [Esser] always calls 311 so they have to … but they haven’t given me any tickets.”
He maintained that the 46-year-old speaker was intrinsic to the block’s identity, much like the neighboring Moore Street Market with dozens of local produce and food vendors.
“There are generations of people who come to this community to obtain food, music and other goods directly tied to their Puerto Rican culture,” he said. “The people who decide to join our community should consider that this has been a Puerto Rican community for over 75 years and it’s not the community that needs to adjust to them but the opposite.”