A Neighborhood Made Of Music

Raising rents could destroy the musical culture of the mariachis in East Los Angeles.
December 1, 2004, 9am PST | David Gest
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Mariachi players in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles are "itinerant Mexican musicians who, like countless others before them, came to Los Angeles with little more than their instruments and a passion for the music of the mariachi." But these musicians may soon be homeless, because "the Boyle Hotel, a dark brick building erected in 1889 that for decades has served as the unofficial way station for mariachis who arrive from the Mexican heartland," has a new owner bent on improving the building, which could mean an increase in rents, and evictions. According to the owner, "We don't try to build barrio facilities here."

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Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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