Boyle Heights street to get a new look and name

Rendering of garden area at Bailey Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

New landscaping will be added,  trees planted and crosswalks improved  on a block-long section of Bailey Street in Boyle Heights near Mariachi Plaza as part of a $12 million program to encourage pedestrian and mass transit use near four Gold Line stations.  Bailey Street  between First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will also be dedicated in honor of Mexican ranchera singer Lucha Reyes, whose statue is located in Mariachi Plaza, according to a City Council motion that will be introduced by Councilman Jose Huizar, who was one of the officials who were on hand for a ceremonial ground breaking this morning.

Work in progress/Photo courtesy Metro

The changes to  Bailey Street under the Eastside Access Project are being  funded by a 1/2 cent sales tax. In addition to Bailey Street,  Boyle Heights residents will also see new landscaping, sidewalks, art and other elements near First and Cummings streets and First and Aliso. Also in the works are projects to improve bike and pedestrian safety along Mott Street.

On Bailey, which runs along the eastern edge of Mariachi Plaza, the Eastside Access Project includes gardens, seating areas and wider sidewalks at the corner of Bailey and Pennsylvania across from White Memorial Medical Center. In addition, new lights, trash cans and permeable paving will be added along the narrow street, which will be known as Avenida de Lucha Reyes. Huizar, in a press release, said:

“Lucha Reyes is an icon to the Mexican community,” said Huizar. “Dedicating a street in her honor adjacent to Mariachi Plaza will complement the improvements currently underway.”

It’s not clear if a  section of Bailey Street north of Cesar Chavez Avenue will retain its name.



  1. “Lucha Reyes is an icon to the Mexican community,” said Huizar. “Dedicating a street in her honor adjacent to Mariachi Plaza will complement the improvements currently underway.”

    What idiots! Sure she was a good singer but she was also an alcoholic who committed suicide at the age of 38 after drinking and taking drugs. What a great roll model for our neighborhood.

  2. When will Councilmen Huizar start ambrazing the USA and the real hispanic heroes that have open door for Education, the teacher that show the way for students, and has just passed away, and sports heroes that also open the door for hispanics, olympic winners from Boyle Heighs, allow the children our students to connect with real heroes, and we have much to select from. Will A.M a young men that also has done so much for Boyle Heights. He allows a statue from Antonio Aguilar, what students can relate to him or his music, what did he do for Hispanics accept sing and make money. Get ideas from students as to who are their heroes, and name street after them, reserect memorials for all sports heroes from Boyle Heights, but leave Hollenbeck Community Park alone.

  3. Yes our local heroes like Sal Castro, Ruben Salazar, to same a few. Or Emma Tenayucca, and Edward Roybal.

  4. jesus ballesteros

    alcoholica y todo,escribio la historia de la musica ranchera,asi son los grandes,con defectos pues son personas,no dioses,cada quien tenemos nuestra historia,pero no dejamos huella que perdure a traves del tiempo.el alcoholismo siempre ha existido,la creacion del estilo de lucha reyes en la musica del mariachi empezo con ella y muchos cantantes lo han seguido,que es lo unico importante en este caso

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