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Old 09-15-2014, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Native)
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Heads up. Mexicans are not too fond of Blacks in LA much less in their neighborhoods. Look into the Playa Vista/Culver City area.
The tensions may still be there slightly, but it's improved significantly than a decade ago.
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Old 09-16-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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It's like reading every stereotype ever made from outsiders who don't live in the neighborhood. And the fact that all y'all are just waiting to come in like vultures, biding your time to pick the carcass apart. I currently live in BH and I wouldn't live anywhere else. Haters gonna hate
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Old 09-16-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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When the first Pilates studio opens up there ...it's all over!

This little recent blurb from La Magazine on Boyle Heights mentions the coming gentrification

Guillermo Uribe on the

Its a mini interview with the owner of Eastside Luv a bar in Boyle Heights

"His wish for the area: “That it remain predominantly owned by Latinos. There are plenty of healthy food choices, clean air and water—hell, Latinos in the Eastside of Los Angeles have been growing food and doing free-range chickens in our yards and streets before the labels ‘free range’ and ‘organic’ even existed.” -

Kind of sad though that he wants it to be predominately for Latinos since a while back there was more diversity in Boyle Heights, Jews , Asians ,etc .

And if a non hispanic wants to come in and pay someone a small fortune for their home that they bought for next to nothing decades ago, why is that a bad thing?

I bet a lot of long time residents have their homes paid off in the area or very small mortgages.

Sure it might not be a lot of money for buying another house in L.A..but if you think creatively. $300,000+ can go a long way and create a lot of income if you invest it wisely. Example; investment property in high cash flow cities.

Or buying a business that makes you a lot of money each year.

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Old 09-16-2014, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Buena Park, Orange County, California
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Personally, I think Boyle Heights is a pretty cool nabe, though it definitely has its issues. Outside of crime, the air pollution there is horrendous (due to the confluence of the 5, 10, 101 and the 60), and lots of kids who grow up there end up with respiratory diseases like asthma. If you move there, definitely get an air filter for your room. Nonetheless, the neighborhood has a great, thriving, art scene, plenty of history, and denizens that are very involved in their community. You will definitely see some overflow from the Arts District next door, as that place has become too expensive for people who want to be in/near downtown's creative spaces.

Unfortunately, I would have to say that you ask advice from other black folks that currently live there, if any. Your average neighbor will be friendly and cordial, but it isn't them that's the concern, but whatever the area's local gang may be, and if they have it out for blacks. It's a reality that shouldn't be swept aside, as black gangs and Mexican gangs have been at each other for years, and even if you are not involved, you wouldn't want to be somewhere where you will be just another casualty.

For all I know, that it isn't a problem in Boyle Heights like it is in other neighborhoods where those two communities cross, but I would double check to be sure.
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:08 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Personally, I think Boyle Heights is a pretty cool nabe, though it definitely has its issues. Outside of crime, the air pollution there is horrendous (due to the confluence of the 5, 10, 101 and the 60), and lots of kids who grow up there end up with respiratory diseases like asthma. If you move there, definitely get an air filter for your room. Nonetheless, the neighborhood has a great, thriving, art scene, plenty of history, and denizens that are very involved in their community. You will definitely see some overflow from the Arts District next door, as that place has become too expensive for people who want to be in/near downtown's creative spaces.

Unfortunately, I would have to say that you ask advice from other black folks that currently live there, if any. Your average neighbor will be friendly and cordial, but it isn't them that's the concern, but whatever the area's local gang may be, and if they have it out for blacks. It's a reality that shouldn't be swept aside, as black gangs and Mexican gangs have been at each other for years, and even if you are not involved, you wouldn't want to be somewhere where you will be just another casualty.

For all I know, that it isn't a problem in Boyle Heights like it is in other neighborhoods where those two communities cross, but I would double check to be sure.
I knew a couple black people who have lived there in the past couple years. They didn't seem to have any problems. I really think people overblow certain racial issues between Blacks and Mexicans because they only apply to gang members. Even then, If you not in a gang, in any part of the city, then they wont harass you. People really like to project the insecurities they have onto whole neighborhoods.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:38 PM
 
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Demographic debates and perceptions of crime aside, I have to admit, it is a very convenient location, from both the standpoint of driving as well as mass transit.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Riverside
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It's like reading every stereotype ever made from outsiders who don't live in the neighborhood. And the fact that all y'all are just waiting to come in like vultures, biding your time to pick the carcass apart. I currently live in BH and I wouldn't live anywhere else. Haters gonna hate
Haters gonna firebomb: Ramona Gardens firebombing has some black residents fleeing the area - LA Times
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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all the quotes in that article say everything was fine until it "came out of the blue". This is the problem with the media and people reliance on them when it comes to hyperbole.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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The racial gang tension has been pretty drummed up by the media, but it exists. I don't know how it would play out in Boyle Heights, considering the gangs there probably don't have any black rivals, but Boyle Heights kind of set the stereotype for the super territorial bald head face-tatted Hollywood 'ese'. The gang element there is not too welcoming to newcomers of any stripes.

I remember going to my favorite mariscos place in BH late at night after hanging out in DT with a couple friends (one of them black) and we got a deer in the headlights look from about half the people in there. You're going to have experiences like that if you move there, especially as a young black man.

Boyle Heights is next on the list for hipster colonization, but it's still the barrio no doubt. If your friend's building is the clearly the best option financially, I'd say go for it, but I'd shop around first otherwise.
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Old 09-16-2014, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Native)
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I knew a couple black people who have lived there in the past couple years. They didn't seem to have any problems. I really think people overblow certain racial issues between Blacks and Mexicans because they only apply to gang members. Even then, If you not in a gang, in any part of the city, then they wont harass you. People really like to project the insecurities they have onto whole neighborhoods.

Relations have improved significantly over the past few years thankfully.

This, however, wasn't the case 10-15 years ago. If you search news headlines, particularly from 1995-2008, there are a lot of articles detailing the gang related racial tensions and how territorial most L.A. gangs were, espically at night.

I remember visiting a friend's house in an area concentrated with gangs in 2009. Just waiting for the bus, an gang member approached and asked me what I was doing there. I learned to leave the area before sunset.
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