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3/23/2015

Out of Flux

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Bridges are supposed to bring neighborhoods closer together, but sometimes the process isn't as easy as it may seem. Cultural differences, power plays and politics can heighten tensions. I dig into this for KCET.

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Failing Boyle Heights Amid River Revitalization
Text and photos by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 15 Mar 2015, KCET

Mariachi Plaza with the Boyle Apartments in the background | Photo: Malcolm K., Creative Commons License

It's no doubt that river revitalization is high on every politician's list of advocacies. Based on the overwhelming support the ambitious $1 billion project that would rework 11-miles of the Los Angeles River received, "going river" is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a platform, but in this tsunami of enthusiasm for concrete removal and eco-system restoration, Los Angeles may be giving short shrift to some communities.

While men and women in suits pose behind gilded shovels on the foreground of the Sixth Street bridge a few Boyle Heights residents hung back, wondering what the next few months would bring. [read more]

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