A bleak picture of Boyle Heights murals


BOYLE HEIGHTS — The murals of Boyle Heights wrap around the facades of storefronts and public housing projects and pop up in alleyways and churches. But while there has been much effort in preserving and repairing existing murals, there has been little in the way of major new work, prompting Boyle Heights Beat to say a revival in murals has skipped over Boyle Heights.

After the city legalized murals that meet certain conditions in 2013, officials have received 39 mural applications, none of which are in Boyle Heights, according to the Department of Cultural Affairs figures cited by Boyle Heights Beat. In contrast, 20 applications have been applied for across the river in Downtown.

While one mural expert said that Boyle Heights “gave birth to the Chicano mural movement,” some artists wonder if the art form is as important as it once was in an era when corporations have embraced murals and street art as a new way to promote products to a younger generation.

More details at Boyle Heights Beat.


  1. Or it could just be that artists/muralists prefer doing murals in the Vernon adjascent parts of downtown because they don’t immediately get tagged over.

  2. I’d ditch the word “artists” . Muralists? OK

  3. Question: what happened to the beautiful murals on top of thr First Street Store? I hope they are being preserved and will be showcased in an educational format to the public.


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