How do you love L.A.? An entry submitted to KPCC's #loveLA crowdsourced video feature by multimedia journalist Steve Saldivar captures a slice of L.A. in transition.
Next to Boyle Heights' venerated Mariachi Plaza, a 60-year-old mariachi sits for his portrait - which happens to be a mural of his likeness adorning the wall of Eastside Luv, a wine bar next to the plaza that opened in 2006. The video subtly captures the generational and cultural divide taking place on a gentrifying E. 1st Street, where the mariachis who have worked there for decades now find themselves elbow to elbow with upwardly mobile second- and third-generation young Latinos who frequent nightspots like Eastside Luv and the M-Bar.
The mariachi is Rafael Rubio; the muralist is Robert Vargas, an up-and-coming L.A. artist who grew up in Boyle Heights.
Another slice of Saldivar's L.A., a lonely little hill in East Los Angeles, was featured in Multi-American last month.