Hollenbeck Park, one of the few green spaces available to families in Boyle Heights. Photo: Zackary Canepari

In smoggy Los Angeles, one neighborhood pushes back

News about Boyle Heights in Los Angeles tends to be about crime or gentrification. There's little coverage of air pollution, lack of safe and green spaces, lack of access to affordable and healthy food options — or the residents and organizations that are determined to change this.


The Toxic Tour: Networked public-health journalism

Newsdesk.org's award-winning, crowd-funded "Toxic Tour" is expanding to Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, where we'll put the neglected issues and neighborhoods "on the map," and create a new model for independent journalism.