Homeowners who could not maintain their properties began to sell or rent and started to move to newly-built and less-expensive suburbs.Soon, the area became an oasis for the African Americans and other minorities who were displaced from the city's West End through urban renewal.
The painting resembles a colorful and abstract view of the workings of human organs, yet it’s one unwanted addition to the mural that stands out the most. (Fuck that)" is tagged in white at the bottom of the art.
It’s an obvious slight toward the ever-expanding gentrification of one of Sacramento’s toughest neighborhoods.
Oak Park's continual decline brought an increase of crime, and with it, a heavier police presence.
Sacramento’s police department began to enforce a law-and-order-style approach that often led to racial discrimination.
The area didn't see major cosmetic change until the 2000s when investors, fueled by incentives from the city and a successful deal between SHRA and Johnson's 40 Acres, began to buy property and develop.
The city's continued efforts to revitalize the neighborhood included an expansion to the Oak Park Community Center, installing new street lights and renovating Mc Clatchy Park and the addition of new mixed-use lofts.
And, to an extent, the anonymous tagger is correct.
The mural is just one of several attempts at addressing blight in the area by bringing in new upscale housing in the form of lofts, new businesses and, in this case, art.
The following year, four members of the city’s Black Panther Party were arrested after police alleged that they fatally shot an officer while he was driving through the neighborhood.