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How might Garcetti's 'Great Streets' impact the health of Boyle Heights residents?

Graciela Villeda

Adrian Florido

Graciela Villeda suffers debilitating pain from gallstones, but she is undocumented and uninsured. She qualifies for a county program called Healthy Way L.A. Unmatched, but because it mostly covers emergency care, she says she can't get the operation she needs to relieve her pain.

Porfirio and Berta Torres

Adrian Florido/KPCC

Porfirio Torres, 74, pushes his wife Berta, 68, up Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights. They say they've already broken one wheelchair because of the uneven sidewalks.


Loa Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets initiative is intended to increase the economy and culture along 15 major streets. One of them is Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights.

It's a largely Latino neighborhood, where many struggle with chronic disease. KPCC's Adrian Florido walked the street to find out what kinds of improvements residents would like to see.


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