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Taking Back the BoulevardArt, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles$
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Jan Lin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479809806

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479809806.001.0001

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Scenes from Northeast Los Angeles

(p.1) Introduction
Taking Back the Boulevard

Jan Lin

NYU Press

The introduction features scenes from Northeast LA including a poem titled “Taco Truck” by Lisa Marie Sandoval that describes a nocturnal interaction between a college student and a Latino taco vendor and his family. The scene at the annual Lummis Day Festival is described by the author with respect to Northeast LA regional arts culture and community organizations and the mixing between established residents and newcomers. There follows a vignette on anti-gentrification protestors for housing rights who disrupt the Figueroa Jam a public arts and community engagement event sponsored by the LA Mayor’s Greet Streets program. Research method’s and the author’s positionality is discussed along with a profile of the book plan along with brief chapter reviews.

Keywords:   Taco truck, Latino, Los Angeles, Lummis Day Festival, Anti-gentrification protest, LA Mayor’s Great Streets

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