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Boyle Heights Briefs: Open Markets, Discussion on Arts District, and Meeting on Metro Owned Sites
Posted By Kris Fortin On November 27, 2012 @ 3:51 pm In Boyle Heights,Eastside | No Comments
Just because I haven’t been writing about Boyle Heights lately, doesn’t mean nothing is going on. The last couple of weeks saw festivals and community meetings that could create lasting change in Boyle Heights.
Last week, the neighborhood celebrated the festival of Santa Cecilia at Mariachi Plaza. The multi-day festivities included a procession and day-long activities full of music, food, and crafts. Santa Cecilia is the “Patron Saint of Music” and the celebration of her saint day has been a tradition at the Mariachi Plaza site dating back to when Mariachis gathered at a doughnut shop before the plaza was ever constructed.
Two weeks ago, Relief International’s Boyle Heights Youthbuild had an open market where it showcased its social and environmental justice curriculum. The charter school helps students up to 24 years old receive their high school diploma. The below Photo essay captures the people and organizations that made up the event:
Arts District in Boyle Heights?
On a rainy night, more than 40 people crowded into the Self Help Graphics and Arts to talk about Boyle Heights potentially becoming an Arts District. The discussion ranged from how arts districts help lead to gentrification, to cautionary tales of rent hikes happening after a neighborhood became an arts district.
Nestor Lemus, a 26-year-old writer, said that growing up in Echo Park he sees that while the same gentrification factors happening in his neighborhood are happening in East LA, the Boyle Heights community needs to find a way to not resist it, but impact the process. “In East LA, we have to figure out how to synthesize the change.”
While many of the people at the discussion were artists, Leonardo Vilchis, cofounder of Union de Vecinos, said that the broader population needs to be involved in these types of gatherings.
“There’s 90,000 people living in Boyle Heights. The median income is $25,000 a year,” Vilchis said. “The we that talks about how to deal with gentrification . . . has to include those people.”
Evonne Gallardo, executive director of Self Help Graphics and Arts, said more conversations on this topic will be scheduled in the future.
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