Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
Boundaries of Boyle Heights
as drawn by The Los Angeles Times
|• City Council||José Huizar (D)|
|• State Assembly||Miguel Santiago (D)|
|• State Senate||Maria Elena Durazo (D)|
|• U.S. House||Jimmy Gomez (D)|
|• Total||17 km2 (6.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||5,507/km2 (14,262/sq mi)|
90023, 90033, 90063
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Economy
- 4 Government and infrastructure
- 5 Latino political influence
- 6 East LA Interchange
- 7 Education
- 8 Notable people
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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Boyle Heights was called Paredón Blanco ("White Bluff") when Alta California was part of the First Mexican Republic. The area is named after Andrew Boyle, an Irishman born in Ballinrobe Co.Mayo in 1818 who purchased 22 acres (8.9 ha) on the bluffs overlooking the Los Angeles River after fighting in the Mexican–American War.
From 1889 through 1909 the city was divided into nine wards. In 1899 a motion was introduced at the Ninth Ward Development Association to use the name Boyle Heights to apply to all the highlands of the Ninth Ward, including Brooklyn Heights, Euclid Heights, and the aforementioned Boyle Heights.
By the 1920s through the 1960s, Boyle Heights was racially and ethnically diverse, with Jews, Latinos (mainly Chicanos), various sectarian Spiritual Christians from Russia, Yugoslav (Serbian and Croatian) immigrants, Portuguese people, and Japanese Americans living in the neighborhood. Bruce Phillips, a sociologist who tracked Jewish communities across the United States, said that Jewish families left Boyle Heights not because of racism, but instead because of banks redlining the neighborhood (denying home loans) and the construction of several freeways through the community, which led to the loss of many houses.
As of the 2000 census, there were 92,785 people in the neighborhood, which was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically, with the racial composition of the neighborhood at 94.0% Latino, 2.3% Asian, 2.0% White (non-Hispanic), 0.9% African American, and 0.8% other races. The median household income was $33,235, low in comparison to the rest of the city. The neighborhood's population was also one of the youngest in the city, with a median age of just 25.
As of 2011, 95% of the community was Hispanic and Latino. The community had Mexican Americans, Mexican immigrants, and Central American ethnic residents. Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times said, "The diversity that exists in Boyle Heights today is exclusively Latino".
- East Los Angeles, California, 96.7%
- Maywood, California, 96.4%
- City Terrace, California, 94.4%
- Huntington Park, California, 95.1%
- Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, 94.0%
- Cudahy, California, 93.8%
- Bell Gardens, California, 93.7%
- Commerce, California 93.4%
- Vernon, California, 92.6%
- South Gate, California, 92.1%
XLNT had a factory making tamales here early in their history. The company started in 1894, when tamales were the most popular ethnic food in Los Angeles. The company is the oldest continuously operating Mexican food brand in the United States, and one of the oldest companies in Southern California.
Government and infrastructure
The Social Security Administration is located at 215 North Soto Street Los Angeles, CA 90033 1-800-772-1213
Latino political influence
The emergence of Latino politics in Boyle Heights influenced the diversity in the community. Boyle Heights was a predominantly Jewish community with "a vibrant, pre-World War II, Yiddish-speaking community, replete with small shops along Brooklyn Avenue, union halls, synagogues and hyperactive politics ... shaped by the enduring influence of the Socialist and Communist parties" before Boyle Heights became predominantly associated with Mexicans/Mexican Americans. The rise of the socialist and communist parties increased the people's involvement in politics in the community because the "liberal-left exercised great influence in the immigrant community".:22-23 Even with an ever-growing diversity in Boyle Heights, "Jews remained culturally and politically dominant after World War II".:22 However, as the Jewish community was moving westward into new homes, the largest growing group, Latinos, were moving into Boyle Heights because to them this neighborhood was represented as upward mobility. With Jews and Latinos both in Boyle Heights, these men part of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC); Louis Levy, Ben Solnit, Pinkhas Karl, Harry Sheer, and Julius Levitt helped to empower the Latinos who either lived among the Jewish people or who worked together in the factories. The combination of Jewish people and Latinos in Boyle Heights symbolized a tight unity between the two communities. The two races helped each other in order to elect Edward R. Roybal into city council against his opponent Councilman Christensen; with the help from the Community Service Organization (CSO). In order for Roybal to win a landslide victory over Christensen, "the JCRC, with representation from business and labor leaders, associated with both Jewish left traditions, had become the prime financial benefactor to CSO .. labor historically backed incumbents ... [and] the Cold War struggle for the hearts and minds of minority workers also influenced the larger political dynamic".:26
In the 1947 election, Roybal lost and then Saul Alinsky; well-known Chicago-Jewish community activist and his company, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) garnered support from the Mexican Americans in order for Roybal to win the 1949 election(Bernstein, 243). When Edward Roybal had just started as the city of Los Angeles' new city councilman in 1949, he experienced racism when trying to buy a home for his family. The real estate agent told him that he could not sell to Mexicans, and from then on Roybal's first act as councilman was to protest racial discrimination and to create a community that represented inter-racial politics in Boyle Heights. The Community Service Organization (CSO) helped Roybal win the election and to increase the multi-racial involvement in Boyle Heights(Bernstein, 224). Therefore, Roybal's involvement in City Council affected how Latino politics went further on during Bradley's term and for future political leaders coming from Boyle Heights.
This Latino-Jewish relationship shaped politics because when Antonio Villaraigosa became mayor of Los Angeles in 2005, and "not only did he have ties to Boyle Heights, but he was elected by replicating the labor-based, multicultural coalition that Congressman Edward Roybal assembled in 1949 to become Los Angeles's first city council member of Latino heritage".:23 Furthermore, the Vladeck Center (named after Borukh Charney Vladeck) contributed to the community of Boyle Heights in a big way because it was not just a building, it was "a venue for a wide range of activities that promoted Jewish culture and politics".:22 This center is known as place where coalition politics took place in Boyle Heights, along with the Catholic Dolores Mission center.
East LA Interchange
In 1961, the construction of the massive East LA Interchange began. Consuming 135 acres, the interchange is three times larger than the average highway system, even expanding at some points to twenty-seven lanes in width. Also known as the Spaghetti Bowl, the enormity of the structure and the complexity of its many routes called for a $17,000 blueprint model of the highway long before construction even began. During its construction, engineers built thirty-two bridges, twenty walls, excavated 1,500,000 yards of earth, laid 23,545 feet of concrete pipe, used 4,200,000 yards of structural steel and 13,200,000 pounds of reinforced steel to complete the busiest freeway interchange in the world. Today, having replaced the world’s largest inter-urban transit system, the interchange handles around 1.7 million passing vehicles each day and has produced one of the most traffic congested regions in the world as well as one of the most concentrated pockets of air pollution in America.
Since the 1920s, both elite and working-class communities throughout Southern California have witnessed the enforcement of highly effective racial covenants and other exclusionary measures that aim to distinguish separate white and non-white neighborhoods. By the 1960s, the federal government declared certain areas as “White Group Zones” which forced any non-whites in those areas out of their homes. The result? Boyle Heights, a multicultural, interethnic neighborhood in East Los Angeles whose celebration of cultural difference has made it a role model for the level of democracy for which the entire nation strives. Additionally, since the establishment of multicultural neighborhoods like Boyle Heights was a byproduct of the gentrification of minorities into separate urban area homelands, people in these interracial communities have become considered “disposable people” who are desirable targets for gentrification. The linking of racial depravity with urban space associated certain neighborhoods like Boyle Heights with slum conditions and urban decay, an association which affirmed the perception of these neighborhoods as “removable” and that they should make way for plans to improve social conditions and urban progress. The 50s and 60s in America was a period of intense urban renewal and ethnic cleansing. As neighborhoods became increasingly less diverse, the geographical layout of Los Angeles made the targeting of racial populations relatively easy for local officials. The racial nativist attitudes of local officials, civic leaders, and protected middle-class populations prompted major urban reform efforts to move and restructure populations at the expense of those living in multicultural neighborhoods like Boyle Heights.
During the 1950s and 60s, Boyle Heights witnessed patterns of invasive highway construction that crippled the neighborhood for many years in a number of ways. This period of urban renewal and ethnic cleansing elicited the building of several highways including the East LA Interchange which intersects and crosses through Boyle Heights with multiple routes. The sectioning of Boyle Heights by highways into smaller communities not only displaced thousands of residents, but it also segregated Boyle Heights inhabitants in a way that isolated their voices of opposition to oppression and even further deprived them of having significant political weight. The close proximity of residential homes and schools to the interchange also poses as a health risk for the community's inhabitants.
Just 5% of Boyle Heights residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a low percentage for the city and the county. The percentage of residents in that age range who had not earned a high school diploma was high for the county.
The schools within Boyle Heights are as follows:
- SIATech Boyle Heights Independent Study, Charter High School, 501 South Boyle Avenue
- Extera Public School, Charter Elementary, 1942 E. 2nd Street and 2226 E. 3rd Street
- Extera Public School #2, Charter Elementary, 1015 S. Lorena Street
- Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, alternative, 1200 North Cornwell Street
- Theodore Roosevelt High School, 456 South Mathews Street
- Mendez High School 1200 Playa Del Sol
- Animo Oscar De La Hoya Charter High School, 1114 South Lorena Street
- Boyle Heights Continuation School, 544 South Mathews Street* Central Juvenile Hall, 1605 Eastlake Avenue
- Hollenbeck Middle School, 2510 East Sixth Street
- Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, 725 South Indiana Street
- KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory, charter middle, 2810 Whittier Boulevard
- Murchison Street Elementary School, 1501 Murchison Street
- Evergreen Avenue Elementary School, 2730 Ganahl Street
- Sheridan Street Elementary School, 416 North Cornwell Street
- Malabar Street Elementary School, 3200 East Malabar Street
- Breed Street Elementary School, 2226 East Third Street
- First Street Elementary School, 2820 East First Street
- Second Street Elementary School, 1942 East Second Street
- Soto Street Elementary School, 1020 South Soto Street
- Euclid Avenue Elementary School, 806 Euclid Avenue
- Sunrise Elementary School, 2821 East Seventh Street
- Utah Street Elementary School, 255 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Street
- Bridge Street Elementary School, 605 North Boyle Avenue
- Garza (Carmen Lomas) Primary Center, elementary, 2750 East Hostetter Street
- Christopher Dena Elementary School, 1314 Dacotah Street
- Learning Works Charter School, 1916 East First Street
- Lorena Street Elementary School, 1015 South Lorena Street
- PUENTE Learning Center, 501 South Boyle Avenue
- East Los Angeles Occupational Center (Adult Education), 2100 Marengo Street
- Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School, 1263 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
- Bishop Mora Salesian High School, 960 South Soto Street
- Santa Teresita Elementary School, 2646 Zonal Avenue
- Assumption Elementary School, 3016 Winter Street
- Saint Mary Catholic Elementary School, 416 South Saint Louis Street
- Our Lady of Talpa, elementary, 411 South Evergreen Avenue
- East Los Angeles Light and Life Christian School, 207 South Dacotah Street
- Santa Isabel Elementary School, 2424 Whittier Boulevard
- Dolores Mission School, elementary, 170 South Gless Street
- Cristo Viene Christian School, 3607 Whittier Boulevard
- Resurrection, elementary, 3360 East Opal Street
- White Memorial Adventist School, 1605 New Jersey Street
- PUENTE Learning Center, 501 South Boyle Avenue
- Neighborhood Music School, 358 South Boyle Avenue
- Breed Street Shul, which was declared a historic-cultural monument in 1988.
- Self-Help Graphics and Art, the first community-based organization in the country to create a free public celebration of Day of the Dead.
- Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center/Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Los Angeles County Department of Coroner
- Estrada Courts Murals
- Evergreen Cemetery
- Hazard Park
- Mariachi Plaza
- Hollenbeck Park
- Linda Vista Community Hospital (Now Hollenbeck Terrace Apartments, former Santa Fe Coast Lines Hospital)
- Sears Building, Olympic Boulevard and Soto St.
- Malabar Public Library
- Lucha Underground Temple, where the television program Lucha Underground is taped.
- Soto-Michigan Jewish Community Center
- Aliso Village
- Sisters Orphan Home, operated by Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, 917 S. Boyle Ave. demolished due to earthquake damage and construction of freeway.
- Sheldon Andelson, first openly gay person to be appointed to the University of California Regents or any high position in state government
- Hal Bernson, Los Angeles City Council member, 1979–2003
- Martin V. Biscailuz, attorney and Common Council member, 1884–85
- Howard E. Dorsey, City Council member, 1937
- Oscar Macy, county sheriff and member of the Board of Supervisors
- Edward R. Roybal, Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 30th District and later for the 25th District of California; member of the Los Angeles City Council
- Winfred J. Sanborn, City Council member, 1925–29
- Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
- Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 3rd District
Arts and culture
- Oscar Zeta Acosta, attorney, writer, community activist
- Lou Adler, record producer, manager
- Herb Alpert
- Greg Boyle, Catholic priest, community activist
- Mickey Cohen, gangster
- Norman Granz
- Josefina López, writer
- Anthony Quinn, actor
- Andy Russell, international singing star
- Julius Shulman, photographer
- Taboo, rapper
- will.i.am, recording artist and music producer
In popular culture
- 1917: Nuts in May
- 1957: The Pajama Game
- 1979: Boulevard Nights
- 1980: The Other Side of the Bridge (Spanish: Del Otro Lado del Puente)
- 1987: Born in East L.A.
- 1992: American Me
- 1993: Blood In Blood Out
- 1995: Dangerous Minds
- 1998–2009 Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed
- 2007: Under the Same Moon
- 2008: The Take
- 2011: A Better Life
- 2014–present: Lucha Underground
- 2015–present: East LA Interchange (documentary)
- 2015/2016: No más bebés
- 2018–present: Vida
- List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments on the East and Northeast Sides
- List of districts and neighborhoods in Los Angeles
- "Los Angeles Times Neighborhood Project". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- George J. Sanchez (2004). "What's Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews: Creating Multiculturalism on the Eastside during the 1950s". American Quarterly. 56 (3): 663–661.
- Vigeland, Tess (March 14, 2013). "Neighborhoods: Exploring the rich history and culture of Boyle Heights". Take Two. KPCC. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
- "What's in a Name? Ninth Ward Citizens Vote in Favor of Boyle Heights". Los Angeles Herald. 24 May 1899.
- Ruben Vives (July 18, 2017). "A community in flux: Will Boyle Heights be ruined by one coffee shop?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
- "East LA Interchange: A Documentary Exploration of Boyle Heights - ProQuest". search.proquest.com. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
- Tobar, Hector. "A look back at the Boyle Heights melting pot." Los Angeles Times. December 9, 2011. Retrieved on December 10, 2011.
-  Diversity "measures the probability that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different ethnicities. If all residents are of the same ethnic group it's zero. If half are from one group and half from another it's .50." —Los Angeles Times
- "Latino" Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- Arellano, Gustavo (2019-12-23). "The XLNT tamales go back 125 years, capturing nostalgia for Californians across the U.S." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
- "Central Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- "Post Office Location - BOYLE HEIGHTS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
- "File Not Found - Social Security Administration". www.ssa.gov.
- Burt, Kenneth (May–June 2008). "Yiddish Los Angeles and the Birth of Latino Politics" (PDF). Jewish Currents. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
- Bernstein 2011
- Estrada, Gilbert (October 2005). "If You Build It, They Will Move: The Los Angeles Freeway System and the Displacement of Mexican East Los Angeles, 1944-1972". Southern California Quarterly. 87 (3): 287–315. doi:10.2307/41172272. ISSN 0038-3929. JSTOR 41172272.
- Sánchez, George J. (2017-01-23). "Why Are Multiracial Communities So Dangerous?". Pacific Historical Review. 86 (1): 153–170. doi:10.1525/phr.2017.86.1.153. ISSN 0030-8684.
- "Boyle Heights," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  "Boyle Heights Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- East Los Angeles Service Area- ELAOC Archived November 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- The City Project. "Historic - Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing" (PDF). Retrieved 9 September 2012.
- Suarez, Lucia. "Mexican Lucha Libre gets American face time in new El Rey Network drama series". Fox News. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Queally, James (April 22, 2015). "Learn to speak lucha: The secret language of the squared circle". Los Angeles Times.
-  Jewish Journal
- Spitzzeri, Paul R. (November 7, 2011) "The Los Angeles Orphans' Asylum" Boyle Heights History Blog
- Kevin Roderick, "Andelson Dies of AIDS; Gay Regent, Activist," Los Angeles Times, December 30, 1987
- Dade Hayes, "Reward Offered in Sexual Assault Case," Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1997
- "Finding Aid of the Eugene Biscailuz scrapbooks 0216". www.oac.cdlib.org.
- An Unofficial Guide to Los Angeles County Law Enforcement and Fire Department History Through Photos, Badges, and Patches Archived 2012-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Los Angeles Public Library reference file This file was compiled in 1937 by Works Progress Administration worker Clare Wallace from an interview with Dorsey on June 23 of that year and from newspaper articles.
- Now part of North Cummings Street. Archived 2013-05-08 at the Wayback Machine Location of the Oscar Macy home here on Mapping L.A.
- ""Southland Mourns Death of Edward Roybal," ABC-7 News". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
- Devin Carroll, Brian Carroll and Wayne Raymond, Winfred and Mamie Sanborn (privately printed)
- Rebecca Spence (2008-02-20). "L.A.'s Latino Mayor Welcomed as One of the Tribe". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- Amy Klein, "Aliyah Perspectives," Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, May 9, 2003
- "PASSINGS: Bill Harmatz". 29 January 2011 – via LA Times.
- "How Three Jews Behind the AFL Invented the Modern Media Spectacle That is Pro Football Today". Tablet Magazine. 3 February 2011.
- Franz Lidz, "Up and Down in Beverly Hills," Sports Illustrated, April 17, 2000
- Martinez, Yoli (Oct 2, 2012). "Iconic Hispanic Angelenos in History: Oscar Zeta Acosta". KCET Departures. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31.
- David Kamp "Live at the Whisky"
- HAITHMAN, DIANE (March 15, 1998). "Herb Alpert's Brass Rings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Stark, Ray (May 12, 1993). "Father Boyle and Gangs". Letter to the Editor. Beverly Hills: Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
- Mejia, Brittny (November 4, 2015). "Great Read: After 30 years of helping gang members, Father Greg Boyle is slowing a bit but still determined". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
- Tere Tereba "Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster" ECW Press 2012
- John Thurber "Norman Granz, 83; Visionary of the Jazz World Was Producer, Promoter and Social Conscience", "Los Angeles Times" November 24, 2001
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2013-05-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Lopez website
- "Actor - LifeChums: Be Chums 4 Life - Page 2".
- Loza, Steven (1993). Barrio Rhythm: Mexican American Music in Los Angeles. University of Illinois Press. p. 148.
- Mary Melton, "Lens Master" Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine, "Los Angeles Magazine" Jan 1, 2009
- Taboo; Steve Dennis (February 8, 2011). Fallin' Up: My Story. Touchstone. pp. 1, 3–4. ISBN 978-1-4391-9206-1.
- Dennis, Steve; Taboo (2011). Fallin' Up: My Story. New York City: Simon & Schuster. p. 56. ISBN 9781439192085. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Will.i.am on Living in East Los Angeles | Exclusive Interview | NELA TV (Web video). Los Angeles, CA: egentertainment.net. 2011-02-17.
- "Jack Chick - Christian Comics Pioneer". www.christiancomicsinternational.org.
- Ted Okuda, James L. Neibaur "Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927", McFarland, 2012
- David Parkinson "The Rough Guide to Film Musicals", Rough Guides, 2007
- "The Pajama Game (1957) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Hollywood Depicts Latinos Solely In Stereotypes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
- "The Take" – via www.imdb.com.
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