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Medical center development triggers gentrification fears; John Steinbeck’s Eagle Rock years; hit-and-run crashes in East L.A. & Glassell Park

Eastside Scene: Morning light, Elysian Heights | Dave Ptach

Morning Report

  • A hit-and-run suspect crashed into an AT&T store at Whittier Boulevard and Ciela Avenue in East L.A. early this morning. A total of three people, including the driver, were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.  CBS 2 & NBC 4
  • Another hit-and-run crash, this one in Glassell Park. Eastsider reader Oscar D. reports that a hit-and-run driver struck eight parked vehicles on Avenue 33 near St. Bernard’s Church in Glassell Park Thursday night.
  • The L.A. County supervisors moved to give Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights residents near L.A. County USC-Medical Center and the USC Health Sciences Campus a larger role in the planned expansion of both facilities. Many residents have expressed concern that the development would increase the pace of the gentrification and price them out of the area.  “Development is great, but not when the community is stepped on,” said one resident. EGP News
  • Teen Vogue conducts a Q&A with Montecito Heights native Raymond Meza, a labor organizer who is among the 23 candidates running in the 34th Congressional District race. If elected, Meza would be the nation’s first openly gay Latino Congressman.
  • One of Ten Things You May Not Know About Eagle Rock:  Author John Steinbeck worked as a young instructor at Occidental College and was involved in a start up business called Faster Master Plaster Casters. The business failed but Steinbeck apparently enjoyed his visits and time in the neighborhood during the 1920s and early 1930s. “Remember the days when we were all living in Eagle Rock? As starved and happy a group as ever robbed an orange grove. I can still remember the dinners of hamburgers and stolen avocados.”

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One comment

  1. TheEntireCountryisGentrifying

    It’s not up to Boyle Heights to want a medical center or not they’ll use Eminant Domain and take it. Seriously tho, first art centers and now a medical center! These people need to get over themselves. It’s the only non gentrified part of LA. Call it little Mexico

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