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Between Two Doors: The Case for Women of Color in Los Angeles

  It was a Friday night, my friends and I were at a nice bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The weather was pleasant so we chose seating on the outside patio. We spoke about our future ambitions and how delicious the food was. As the waiter delivered our drinks, I couldn’t help but notice the … Continued


EastSide Sol

EAST SIDE SOL 2016 from Youth Speak Media Solutions on Vimeo. By: Luis Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) and Jorge Madrid, CA Campaign Director, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) It’s a warm, sunny day in August at the iconic Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, California. More than 400 local residents have come … Continued


The Irony of Taco Trucks on Every Corner

  Over the past few days, the country has been in an uproar after Trump surrogate Marco Gutierrez’s warned that a Democratic president in 2017 will result in us having “taco trucks on every corner.” The “dominant” Latino culture will take over all our roadways and turn America into Mexico (again). The ridiculousness of it … Continued


36 Cents

  I had dinner with my mom a couple of weeks ago. Once in awhile, she’ll bring important documents she’s received so I can review and translate them for her. This time, she brought something she’s never received before: a notice that she earned a raise at her second job. She was beaming! My mom … Continued


My Saturday Morning Walk

It was a gorgeous Saturday in Los Angeles and my friend and I were driving around the city, avoiding the freeways, and enjoying the most quintessential way to hang out in Southern California: driving somewhere in your car. A very random and bizarre antique shop on Melrose Ave. in the Hollywood/Larchmont area caught our eye, … Continued


The Story Behind The Spreadsheet

What is your relationship with money? What role does money play in your day to day life? What is your experience with money? These are some of the thoughts I had while reading Carl Richards article, “The Dual Roles of Money.” Carl defines money in our lives in two ways. The first role is: “money … Continued


On Defending Boyle Heights

I’m writing to share my work and perspective on gentrification in Boyle Heights, especially in light of the recent public actions by Defend Boyle Heights, a collective of activists who are concerned about gentrification. This post is simply my perspective on gentrification and displacement; an issue that I’m deeply concerned about. After Defend Boyle Heights’ … Continued


3 Reasons to Attend LURN’s “Disrupting the City” event on June 10th

This is a repost from Investing in Place Sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to think; to relax a bit and think creatively about the problems we’re trying to address. Do you ever feel like that? Every year, LURN organizes an event called the Planning and Land-Use Strategies Summit (PLUS2). It’s an opportunity … Continued


“When Did Echo Park Become So Hip and Happening?”

A short glimpse of the trailer makes clear that, quite expectedly, this film completely masks over the (more often than not) devastating ways gentrification negatively affects longtime residents of neighborhoods like Highland Park, Boyle Heights and Echo Park. In fact, we can say with confidence that this film erases these residents almost entirely, with its swift ownership of the deeply rooted Echo Park community, all while simultaneously illustrating an otherwise “empty,” “new,” “hip, and happening” version of Echo Park.


We’re #1!

  Los Angeles – we did it! We’re number one…in traffic -__- According to this Los Angeles Times article, we earned this top spot by spending 81 hours, per person (in 2015), in traffic. But, before you start celebrating by listening to “We Are the Champions,” presumably from the inside of your car because you’re … Continued