New plaza and poetry welcome Boyle Heights library patrons



Boyle Heights Beat SmallBOYLE HEIGHTS — First Street access to the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library was restored this Thursday with the opening of a redesigned plaza that creators say pays homage to the “rich multicultural influences of the neighborhood.”

The newly named Todos Juntos plaza features drought-tolerant, sustainable landscaping and three tall, metallic sculptures, painted in vibrant sculptures and etched with verses by the late Mexican poet Octavio Paz.

A project of the nonprofit Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative created with input from local residents and business owners, the plaza officially opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting event on Thursday.

Todos Juntos is intended to create both a landmark and informal gathering spot at a major Boyle Heights intersection. The library shares the corner of First and Chicago streets with Ross Valencia Park, the Hollenbeck Police Station and the Council District 14 District Office (known to locals as Boyle Heights City Hall).

Find out more about Todos Juntos Plaza at Boyle Heights Beat.

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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