Situated just east of the Los Angeles river, Boyle Heights has long been a gateway for newcomers to the city. From the 1920s to the 1950s it was Los Angeles’ most heterogenous neighborhood, serving as home to large concentrations of Jews, Mexicans, and Japanese Americans, as well as Russian Molokans, African Americans, and people of Armenian, Italian, and Chinese descent. Today the neighborhood is primarily Latino, and it continues to serve as a port-of-entry for a number of the city’s immigrant groups. Boyle Heights is a youthful neighborhood of almost 100,000 residents. The district has more than twenty public schools, and ten private schools. It has several notable buildings and sites, and a number of notable people have lived in Boyle Heights or been connected with it. Though sometimes mistakenly thought to be part of the independent East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights is within Los Angeles city proper.
Sometimes referred to as the city's Ellis Island, Boyle Heights is the feature of a new documentary, East LA Interchange, shines a light on the way multicultural community morphed through the years and the history of activism.
In the 1950s, Boyle Heights was racially and ethnically diverse, with Jews, Latinos, and Japanese Americans living in the neighborhood.
Bruce Phillips, a sociologist who tracked Jewish communities across the United States, said that Jewish families left Boyle Heights not because of racism, but instead because of banks redlining the neighborhood (denying home loans) and the construction of several freeways through the community, which led to the loss of many houses.
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