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Bringing Healthy Food Alternatives to Boyle Heights

Poor diet and lack of physical activity in Boyle Heights are made possible by barriers to health in the L.A. neighborhood.
Community Liaison Shirley hand-painting a sign for Sociedad Market, August 2013.
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Market Makeover: Euclid Market Transformation

Euclid Market in Boyle Heights will have its grand reopening on Saturday, December 14.
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Market Makeover: Transforming Boyle Heights' Sociedad and Euclid Stores

Community Liaisons -- emerging adults passionate about food justice -- are leading the healthy food store transformations in Boyle Heights.
Before and after pictures at Yash La Casa and Ramirez Meat Markets highlight the colorful, graphic approach Public Matters takes to transforming not just the look but the overall concept of what a corner store can be.    <br />
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Blurry by Design: Public Matters on Social Enterprise

Public Matters encourages productive outcomes from the meeting of two sets of otherwise contrary institutional logics: that of the market and of the social movement.
Lilybeth Hernandez in her avocado costume.
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I Was a Teenage Avocado

Lilybeth Hernandez has worn avocado costumes in parades and participated in "veggie fashion shows," all to promote public health and fight food deserts across East L.A.
 Production still from &quot;Have You Noticed How Much Junk Food We Eat? &quot; High School Students Lilybeth Hernandez and Damaris Vega from the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy (ELARA).
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Proyecto MercadoFRESCO: Enlightenment & a Giant Taco

Proyecto MercadoFRESCO is trying to shift the cultural perception of the corner store from public health blight to community resource.
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The Ethics and Aesthetics of Place

Public Matters performs extended, life as art "residencies" in and with communities; they disrupt the participant-observer paradigm by becoming participant-stakeholders.
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Market Makeovers: Public Matters, Place, and Pedagogy

Public Matters' Market Makeovers green the food desert -- one corner store at a time.
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