Boyle Heights is a principally renter-occupied, low-income Latino neighborhood with an aging housing stock and high unemployment rate. With development pressures coming from Downtown LA, the Eastside needs equitable and accountable development to prevent displacement of low-income residents. Metro acquired eight parcels of land to use as staging sites for rail construction; including 1st & Boyle, 1st & Soto, Cesar Chavez & Soto, and 1st & Lorena. This land will remain under Metro ownership and leased out to private developers. Historically, Metro has not implemented a meaningful community engagement process. Our campaign aims to ensure that the community gets involved early to shape the projects and guarantee development works for current residents.
THE COMMUNITY RESPONSE
In response to this, ELACC community leaders and residents organized in the wake of the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension. Since 2004, they have been fighting to ensure that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) develops in a way that invests in Boyle Heights’ low-income families. The ELACC Metro Campaign puts residents at the table with decision makers and fights to ensure that these Metro sites return what was destroyed. In 2012, we fought to stop a CVS Pharmacy development that would have pushed out two of our long-time family-owned pharmacies and continue to advocate that community priorities be addressed on all Metro-owned land.
Metro is a public agency; it’s a fundamental expectation that Metro serve its public ridership needs. Over 3,000 community members around the Boyle Heights Gold Line stations use public transit alone. It is a fact that core transit riders are predominantly low-income people of color, so the displacement of core transit riders from transit-rich neighborhoods will eliminate the potential benefits of the Gold Line. The Boyle Heights community wants a better neighborhood, but with the SAME neighbors.
OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS
Meaningful collaboration between residents and developers by adopting a Resident Advisory Committee
More affordable housing
Living wage jobs with training
Promotion of local small businesses and street vendor space
HOW DO WE CHANGE LIVES
Winning community benefits along the Metro Gold Line will change the lives of hundreds of Boyle Heights' working families by ensuring their access to healthy homes, good paying jobs and having a say over changes in their neighborhoods. For more information contact Carla de Paz at 323-604-1979 or email.