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By the late 1960s and '70s Highland Park was home to a large number of Mexican immigrant families, making it a second- and third-generation Mexican-American barrio that sat within the City of Los Angeles. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Victor Valle, "[Highland Park] was... one stop on the journey to reclaim, at least imaginarily, the whole city as a Latino domain, or as Luis Valdez puts in his play and movie Zoot Suit, 'the brown metropolis of los ese.'"
The murals, writings and ephemera created by artists, thinkers and activists in the area prefigured a symbolic occupation of the city, or, as some historian and cultural critics have put it, the gradual Latinoization of Los Angeles.Photo by flickr user Waltarrrrr used under a Creative Commons license. Mural was designed by Pola Lopez and Heriberto Luna, and created in collaboration with LA Commons.