East of East

The Trees of Chico Avenue

These photos reveals the widely varied landscape found along the approximately mile-long street in South El Monte, and situates Chico Avenue as a kind of microcosm of the city's complex character and history.

About the Author

Jennifer Renteria is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and writer whose research and projects, which often utilize photography and multimedia, center around urban informality and the relationship between the urban environment and nature.
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