Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

It's hard for us as regular residents to feel empowered, but these men and women are certainly inspiring. They aren't taking the easy way out. Instead they're looking to the future of the communities and are fighting for it. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 05 Feb 2013, KCET

Unlike eyes that can close, our ears cannot choose not to hear, nor can our noses choose not to breathe.

Ever since Tuyen Dinh moved into a Los Angeles River-adjacent home in Elysian Valley ten years ago, he had made a practice of guarding his children from the sinister effects of air pollution stemming from the Metrolink's Central Maintenance Facility (CMF), also known as Taylor Yard, little more than 400 yards away from where we sat one afternoon.

"If I smell any diesel fume coming this way, I have to keep my children inside the house," said Dinh, who has a background in mechanics and understands the possibly harmful effects of diesel engine emitted by these trains, if left unchecked. Noise was also a problem. Trains would pull in, horns would go off at odd hours, waking residents. [read more]


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