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Gloria Molina
Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight
Evergreen Cemetery is awash in history, and drowning in blight

Laura Mayan attached a crinkle hose to a nearby faucet and dragged it over to the dirt-covered plot at Evergreen Cemetery where her grandmother was buried three years ago. As her mother watched and her daughter frolicked the grounds in a pink Sunday dress, Mayan sprayed water on the sparse weeds sprouting around her grandmother's grave and another beside it. It was a hopeless cause. Evergreen Cemetery is green no more. Once an emerald treasure of Boyle Heights, the expanse of grass and old-world headstones has deteriorated into a wasteland of dead trees, bare dirt and ankle-high shrubs. Its slide from Eastside landmark to neighborhood blight is a tortured saga of broken...

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