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Tag: Olvera Street

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Saving Olvera Street

Culture and history matter, even if it costs money. Someone should tell that to the city of Los Angeles, which is raising rents on the merchant tenants of Olvera Street, a Mexican-heritage historical site downtown that is currently undergoing privatization.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE

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Privatizing History in Downtown L.A.

Olvera Street, the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles, is a pocket of near-authentic Mexican culture where one can buy chorizos, clothing and handicrafts. But the city’s budget crisis is leading to a push to privatize the monument, giving way to an influx of Starbucks and Pollo Loco on the historical street.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE

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