East Side Is the Best Side

Topics: Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, California, East Los Angeles Pages: 3 (1048 words) Published: December 4, 2012
Jonathan Verduzco

Good ole Los Angeles. I’ve been lucky enough to visit many cities around the world; Amsterdam, Rome, New York, even Mexico City, and its safe to say that there isn’t any other city in the world that has the robust mixture of urban concentration and suburban pride. Nowhere does this ring truer than in East Los Angeles. While some believe “east los” is nothing more than a breeding ground for failure, crime, and Hispanic illegal immigrants I believe it is much more than that. I believe the east side of los Angeles is a unique community with a vibrant history and culture that enlightens its residents and surrounding communities with a different perspective of the world, giving them an advantage in any ventures they undertake.

One can simply take a stroll down 1st street to understand what I am talking about. The aromas of some of the best and most delicious foods on the plant fill the air. Hungry? Have a dollar? Stop by the taco stand set up on the main boulevard. Although it is illegal to have an unlicensed food dispensary, at least these people are working for their income rather than depending on help from the government and draining welfare. Numerous murals paying homage to Hispanic legends and idols appease ones visual sense. If that doesn’t do it for you, people watching is always an option. There are always interesting folk roaming the streets. Want to go for a jog? Evergreen cemetery, in the heart of East Los Angeles, has a track pad around the perimeter. On any given night it is full with residents looking for a good workout that’s also low impact on their knees! There is a multitude of landmarks one can visit. Many are recognizable in movies (however infamous due to the content of these movies). Certainly one of the most well-known is Linda Vista Community Hospital, an abandoned hospital first built in the early 1900’s in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. It ceased operations in 1991 and is...
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