In its beginnings, the area including what is now known as MacArthur Park existed as swampland until the park was created in the 1880s. Within a decade, the neighborhood flourished into a vacation destination, complete with luxury hotels and glamorous inhabitants. In recent decades, the area has become a thriving hub for Central American immigrants who have brought to the neighborhood their unique culture and dynamic energy. Near the park is a bustling commercial corridor and Metro station, which along with the efforts of community members, led by “Mama,” has contributed greatly to the revitalization of the neighborhood.
Trekking LA could not be possible without our host of incredible docents who lead tours around the areas of the city they know best. We’d like to introduce some of the amazing people that make the program possible. Malissa Strong, docent for Boyle Heights Malissa is originally from a small suburb of Chicago, but for [...]
Unbelievably, 2011 is nearing a close. At LA Commons, we’ve had a great year with many exciting programs and significant organizational growth to go with it. Our most exciting endeavor is our partnership with USC and CRA/LA to install 200 banners in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus to herald the opening of the Exposition Line. [...]