Boyle Heights, historically known as Paredón Blanco, is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, located east of the Los Angeles River. It is one of the city’s most notable and historic Chicano/Mexican-American communities and is known as a bastion of Chicano culture, hosting cultural landmarks like Mariachi Plaza and events like the annual Día de los Muertos celebrations.
Boyle Heights has seen many diverse populations live in its 6.5 square mile area: it housed some of the largest populations of Japanese and Jewish people in Southern California before evolving into a largely Mexican-American enclave by the late 1940s. A largely residential neighborhood, Boyle Heights has attracted a diverse group of people because of its affordable, non-segregated housing. Currently over 94% Latino, Boyle Heights has a unique culture that transcends its superficial lack of diversity through historical buildings and delicious restaurants that tell the multicultural story of Boyle Heights.