Eastside Review: Boyle Heights art scene keeps growing despite anti-gallery activists; Fletcher Drive put on a road diet; erasing crosswalks to Vermont triangle

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • Fletcher Drive in Glassell Park is going on a “road diet” to help calm traffic, with the number of traffic lanes being reduced from four to two. The extra space will become bike lanes and a landscaped median. The Eastsider
  • A new photography exhibit at the Eagle Rock branch of the L.A. Public Library’s features photos of L.A. taken while traveling on public transportation. L.A. Times
  • Six investigations for child welfare had already focused on Yonatan Aguilar’s family before the severely malnourished 11-year-old was found dead in a closet in Echo Park last month. None indicated Aguilar was living in a dangerous environment. L.A. Now
  • More than 700 patient files from the L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights were stolen from a hospital employee’s car. L.A. Now
  • L.A. neighborhoods near transit stations are more likely to gentrify than other areas, according to a UCLA study focused on demographic changes between 2000 and 2013. L.A. Weekly
  • Caltrans is expected to begin selling 42 homes and apartment buildings this fall along the now abandoned surface route of the 710 Freeway – including six properties in El Sereno. SGV Tribune
  • The L.A. Police Department has provided more information about a shooting in Highland Park in which a man was injured last month by police gunfire. Police said 34-year-old Joseph Hatami armed himself with a handgun and begin to step out of his vehicle during a traffic stop. The Eastsider
  • Two pieces of bad news for anti-art-gallery protesters in Boyle Heights: United Talent Agency is opening an art venue on Anderson Street next month, for exhibitions, film screenings and performances. And a 24-room maze has been built in a neighborhood warehouse for The Tension Experience: Ascension, a two-hour “immersive theater event.” Art News and L.A. Times
  • Yet despite the art influx to Boyle Heights, residents and the LAPD are struggling with an increase in violent crime as well as officer-involved shootings. Violent crime is up 57% since 2014, and there have been more officer-involved shootings in Boyle Heights this year than in any other neighborhoods. L.A. Now
  • A test to find the best route to Dodger Stadium during bad traffic took place during a “freakish dearth of car traffic.”  Curbed L.A.
  • The crosswalks to the Vermont Street Triangle – a traffic median at the border of Los Feliz and East Hollywood – may be removed, as part of a plan to get rid of the homeless encampment. Los Feliz Ledger
  • Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Santa Barbara threw the first pitch at Dodger Stadium Friday, as the ballpark hosted its first ever Catholic Night. Didn’t help the home team, though. Dodgers lost to the Padres, 4-2. L.A. Archdiocese

 Photo of the Week

Photo by Scott Fajac

Photo by Scott Fajac

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  1. Residents of Boyle Heights are actively protesting against art galleries, because they feel the art scene leads to gentrification. Well, today there was yet another shooting resulting in murder in Boyle Heights. Crime there is on the rise. Residents want things to stay as they are. Hard to believe.

    • What residents there are actually saying is that they want to stay, and they want the area to focus on their interests and needs, not on pricey stuff like art galleries that leave them out. If the area is gentrified, people will be pushed out like everywhere that gentrification comes in. They don’t want to be pushed out, but it won’t and can’t be gentrified unless they are pushed out.

      • You can’t have everything. For years Boyle Heights residents and assorted politicians complained that not enough economic attention was being paid to the area, blah,blah, blah… So now that BH is the “It Girl” neighborhood of the moment, the anti-gentrification crowd is getting all territorial and NIMBY. So much so, that some are hoping the violence will scare away the very people and commerce that civic leaders tried so hard to attract. Very strange times we are living in, very strange.

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