A fews weeks ago, I discovered that the Metro Gold Line, in fact, did not end at Union Station. The other half circles through East LA, an area that I had never seen before. The first stop is Mariachi Plaza in the historic area of Boyle Heights. Here, groups of mariachi players gathered for years to advertise their art and bargain for performance opportunities. As in many parts of LA, gentrification is a real concern for many residents.
By crossing a bridge, we found ourselves in the LA Arts District, a medley of artisan shops and restaurants meshed with apartments housing the artists themselves.
As the once-capital of street art, there were murals to be found on every available wall space.
Looking for a hipster California fresh place for lunch? Try Eat. Drink. Americano.
Next up...exploring the heart of downtown LA.