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Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

The Influence of “Latino Urbanism” in Reshaping Los Angeles

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

The influx of immigrants from Latin America has significantly increased since 1965. Push factors such as limited economic opportunities, authoritarian or corrupt governments, wars, and natural disasters have all play... Read article

Central Avenue Jazz Festival: Celebrating Cultural History in South Los Angeles

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

In July 2015, the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles closed segments of Central Avenue to celebrate the annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival. The timing was particularly special as it marked the twentiet... Read article

Los Angeles' South Park BID Embarks on Green Alley Initiative

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

In many cities around the world, the use of alleyways have been an integral part of the urban landscape. They have been a place of cultural and civic activity. However, in the United States, we have often viewed alleys... Read article

Touring Los Angeles, California Through a Toxic Lens

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

When visiting Los Angeles, one of the first things that often comes to mind is taking a tour of Hollywood or Beverly Hills. But what about opting for a Toxic Tour instead? The Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)... Read article

Plans to Revitalize Los Angeles' Jordan Downs now in Jeopardy over Federal Money

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

In March of 2014, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) learned that it would not receive a $30-million Choice Neighborhoods federal grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Devel... Read article

Will Metro's TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

In December of 2013, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) issued separate Request for Proposals (RFPs) for three Metro-owned sites in Boyle Heights. Since then, Metro has announced sev... Read article

Is Inglewood, California the Next City to Have a New NFL Stadium?

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

The last time Los Angeles had a football team was in 1994, when both the Raiders and Rams called it their home. Since then, proposals for a team have come and gone. Of course, one of the key factors for alluring a pr... Read article

Re:Code LA Provides the First Update to Los Angeles' Zoning Code in Sixty Years

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

The last time the City of Los Angeles updated its zoning code was when it was first adopted in 1946. Now, more than sixty years later, the zoning code has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a book spanning more than 6... Read article

Los Angeles' Health Atlas Spurs General Plans' Adoption of Health & Wellness

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

In June of 2013, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angeles. The document was the first step to better understanding the areas within the City of Los Angeles that are curr... Read article

A Closer Look at Why South Los Angeles Did Not Become a Promise Zone

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

When one hears or reads the words, "South Los Angeles," more often than not, a negative stigma is associated with this geographical location. Drugs, high crime rates, and poverty almost immediately come to mind. Whil... Read article

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

by Marisol Maciel-Cervantes

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, or as my parents would call it, el parque de los patos (the park of t... Read article

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