Richmond opens tool lending library

Founders of the new Richmond Tool Lending Library hope residents will face fewer barriers to fixing a leaky faucet or sprucing up the yard. Joining cities like Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Rosa, the city of Richmond opened the tool library in July with $12,000 from a crowd funding campaign. “All these little things that people can do […]

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Bicyclists highlight the murals and history of the East Side

Nearly a hundred bicycling advocates and community members turned out for the Eastside Mural Ride. The ten mile ride, with stops at historic murals throughout Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, didn’t just focus on the street art and history of the neighborhoods; cyclist and pedestrian safety was also discussed, and lights and helmets were distributed. “Everybody really enjoys the ride. They have a really […]

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Painting Positivity

North Park San Diego, once seen as an undesirable area, was revitalized by a movement to exhibit local artistic and cultural elements throughout its streets. This narrated video interweaves images of the street art that North Park is now famous for, and the voices of its community. “We all mean something and have our own story to tell… We have stories […]

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Ethnic studies classes educate Boyle Heights students on neighborhood history

On March 6, 1968, hundreds of students poured out of their classrooms and marched to the main entrance of Theodore Roosevelt High School. With Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles at the epicenter, the protest animated the frustration of urban Chicano youth with injustices in the school system. “Yet many young people don’t know about that history. Today a […]

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‘Emerald Alleys’ coming to Richmond

The Mathieu Court alley in Richmond’s Iron Triangle was a paved alley that had become a dumping ground for excess garbage, lined with overgrown brush. But the City of Richmond joined with residents, a neighborhood council, and a handful of grassroots groups to “green” the alley for public use. “The aim is reclaim these areas as usable neighborhood space and promote […]

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