A great article by James Rojas on the Mexican-American Eastside Micro-community – KCET: As someone who grew up on Los Angeles’ Eastside, displacement has always been part of my life. Displacement sometimes occurs on a massive, industrial scale, as it did in the 1950s and ‘60s with the construction of the freeways, claiming the homes of my relatives.
It also happens on a smaller scale, as in the 1970s when Theodore Roosevelt High School expanded and physically – though not mentally – erased our family compound.
For three decades, my extended family lived on a corner lot in Boyle Heights where Lanfranco Street and Mott Street formed a T-shaped intersection. Our Recendez family compound – my grandmother’s two-story house, with its steeply gabled Victorian roof, flanked by two smaller homes, all sharing the same lot – occupied the southwest corner. Across the street, on the northwest corner, was Roosevelt High.