Looking for the Rasquache at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights

How has Mariachi Plaza changed in the last 25 years, as a public space as well as a place for redevelopment?

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James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, artist and has developed an innovative method of community engagement using art making. He has collaborated with municipalities, non-profits, and educational institutions, and m...

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