CreditJoseph Rodriguez for The New York Times Demonstrations and community meetings about gentrification are a neighborhood fixture these days.
The gangs were exclusively focused on territory and crime. In the book about Bloods and Crips, an Og member of the crips says that the eses were the first to walk the walk and talk the talk. But LA gangs have a long history, some going back nearly a century, and while they're now criminal organizations, some began very differently.
And some of the action has moved off the street and gone online. Then there are the survivors who seem much closer to the edge, like Mark Olvera, who was barely a teenager in For several years the galvanizing issue has been gentrification.
I speak as a father from the lifestyle. As groups they always clash, and the barrios and sets usually dont get along. The most known one is Lynwood Varrio Crazy Cats.
Rodriguez documented the lives of gang members, starting in South Central Los Angeles and eventually arriving in Boyle Heights, a majority Mexican-American district on the East Side, which was in what the Rev. Now he mainly finds people through social media.
Olvera was determined to avoid heroin after his release from jail inhe continued to drink until he was found in a coma in his truck, a turning point.