About Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story
For me, it started in 2000 when Don Normark, my college roommate's dad, came to dinner.
As a young photographer in 1949, Don had become enchanted by a trio of close-knit Mexican American villages on a hill overlooking downtown L.A. Don spent a year taking beautiful, intimate pictures of neighborhood life. He didn't know he was capturing the last images of a place that was about to be wiped off the map.
A few years later, it was all gone — 300 families, church and school, evicted to make way for a low-income public housing project that was never built. Instead, the city sold the land to Brooklyn Dodgers baseball owner Walter O'Malley, who built Dodger Stadium on the site — leaving a residue of bitterness that still echoes in Latino L.A.