Two views on Chavez Ravine with and without Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers and some of their high-priced players may fail their fans at times but a visit to Dodger Stadium never disappoints, writes Los Angeles Times columnist Hector Tobar

“I go to Dodger Stadium for the twilight. Over the years, the Dodgers have delighted me, but they’ve disappointed me many times more. The twilight, however, rarely fails to make the trek up and down the hills of the old Chavez Ravine worthwhile.”

However, what would a visit to Chavez Ravine be like if Dodger Stadium had been built somewhere else? UCLA Chicano Studies professor Eric Avila, who was interviewed by the Times’ Daily Mirror Blog, said Chavez Ravine might have looked very similar to its next door neighbor to the west:

“As for the community that occupied the ravine prior to its clearance for public housing, I suppose it may very well have become gentrified in the way that Echo Park has become in recent years. Imagine a craftsman home in the heart of Elysian Park!”

Avila is the author of “Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight,” which in part deals with the building of Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.

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