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Address: 1804 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Cross street: N Boyle Ave)
Neighborhood: Boyle Heights
Specifics: NFT Pick
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Boyle Hotel & Mariachi Plaza
Posted by:  Noah Albert

Earlier in the century, Boyle Heights was home to a wide variety of peoples—Jews, Russians, Japanese, African-Americans, Armenians, and on and on. Modern day Boyle Heights is a predominantly Latino neighborhood and Mariachi Plaza (soon to be a station on the Gold Line) is where the mariachis actually hang out in search of gigs. Their presence is felt in the surrounding blocks just thru the huge number of vans—mini-vans, old beaters, even RVs—used to transport groups of mariachis and their instruments. Built in 1889, not a hotel any more, and across the street from the plaza, the Boyle Hotel offers affordable apartments to many of these same musicians. The building was recently bought by the East LA Community Corporation in an effort to preserve affordable housing for this community. Hopefully the new owners will also be able to improve living conditions in this old building which has definitely seen brighter days. The lofts in downtown LA and subway station under construction right there by the plaza are clear evidence of the impending changes and challenges to the culture and history of the area. Keeping this building out of the hands of greedy developers is one small step.

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