As the cultural, social, and commercial epicenter of Black life in Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th Century, the thriving Central Avenue neighborhood was home to successful businesses, swinging jazz clubs, a stately hotel, and many active churches and social clubs.
Just east of the Los Angeles River, Boyle Heights possesses what is undoubtedly the most impressive history of diversity in the city, out of which developed a rich history of working-class solidarity and activism that remains strong today.
East Hollywood / Silver Lake
These neighborhoods were early suburbs of downtown L.A. that evolved into vibrant and distinct communities—each boasting strong legacies of artistry, innovation, and inclusion. Today, East Hollywood is home to the city’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage site.