Helped plan a walk through Boyle Heights with the Echo Park Time Bank’s veteran member and resident LA tour guide: Richard Holguin. The walks are less about sight-seeing and more about learning the stories and memories behind the places from a long-time resident.
Starting Point: Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station
End Point: Indiana Gold Line Station
Mariachi Plaza -> N. on Boyle Ave. -> R Bridge Street -> Proyecto Jardin
Proyecto Jardin Community Garden
1718 Bridge St.
Medicinal community garden started in 1999 in connection with the neighboring White Memorial Medical Center.
L Cesar Chavez Ave.
R Chicago St. -> R 1st St. -> LAPD Station
L 1st St. -> L Breed Street -> Breed Street Shul
Breed Street Shul
247 N. Breed St.
It was the largest orthodox Synagogue in western United States before the Jewish community moved to west LA. 1923 - 1996 (abandoned)
R. Cesar Chavez Ave. -> Soto St.
El Corrido de Boyle Heights Mural
by East Los Streetscapers @ Soto & Cesar Chavez
1984 Acrylic on Stucco 17’ x 80’
Cesar Chavez Ave. Street Scenes This section of the street used to be called Brooklyn Ave, due to the large population of Jewish emigrants from New York.
R Evergreen Ave. -> Evergreen Cemetary
Evergreen Memorial Park & Crematorium
The city’s oldest cemetery, 1877
We wandered into the cemetery, which looks quite uninviting from the other side of the chain-linked fence. However, once you walk onto the grounds, and start looking at some gravestones, you start finding some real gems. Such as….
The Pacific Coast Showmen’s Association. This section was founded and dedicated by the Circus and Carnival troupe in 1922, for their members and spouses. AKA Carnies.
Chinese Shrine. Prior to 1922, most cemeteries banned Chinese from being buried, except in the Potter’s fields. During the construction of the Gold Line south of the cemetery, construction workers uncovered the skeletal remains of 174 Chinese, which are now buried in this portion of the cemetery.
L 1st St. -> El Mercado de Los Angeles
El Mercado de Los Angeles. It’s a huge maze of a building, 2-stories, with restaurants, markets, and fake Hello Kitty backpacks.
Richard’s walking shoes. He got them at Big 5, and recommended that we all get a pair, since they’re on sale right now too.
True Tree-lined Streets.
The most rewarding part of this walk was sensing and seeing the excitement that Richard had in sharing his neighborhood, culture, and history with some eager ears. Walks with Richard II: Downtown LA. Coming in the Fall.