Beyond the Gates: Boyle Heights

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When: Friday, October 3rd at 2:30pm

Where: Mariachi Plaza

In partnership with East LA Community Corporation, come join us for our second Beyond the Gates event in Boyle Heights.

Boyle Heights is a neighborhood across the LA river that is feeling the immense pressure of gentrification from Downtown LA’s reinvestment and revitalization. We will be looking at Boyle Heights’ rich history, how gentrification is starting to manifest itself in the neighborhood and what non-profits like the East LA Community Corporation are doing to combat this issue. We will be meeting at Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station at 2:30pm and the tour will last until 7pm, just in time for the alumni mixer. A metro pass costs $1.75 with unlimited transfers for two hours.

After the tour, we will all head over to El Rinconcito for a Happy Hour mixer! Happy Hour lasts until 8pm.

Beyond the Gates (BTG) began as a response to the increased security measures that the university put in place following the tragic death of two international students in 2012. Though we understand the university’s need to provide a safe environment for students, we believe many of the measures put in place and the way they have been implemented further distances students attending USC from the community surrounding our learning environment. Though unintended, this could contribute to a more antagonistic relationship than necessary when students step off campus. We believe the university can improve safety by partnering with the existing network of community-based organizations. By doing so, USC can help to create a safer community for both students and our neighbors. During the Spring 2014 semester, PELA partnered with SAJE and Esperanza for the first community-led tour of the neighborhoods near USC. This school year, we are proud to announce an expanded tour schedule.

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