a series beginning March 29

A Dream

a series beginning March 29

The stories of how people arrived in Lincoln Heights are as diverse as its population.

Just northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights has been a first home for waves of immigrants: Italians, Mexicans, Chinese and Central Americans.

Some sought cheaper rents from places like Echo Park. Others came after their parents were displaced from Chavez Ravine. Some came nearly 60 years ago and others just last year.

A team of L.A. Times journalists spent months in the neighborhood of 28,000. We chatted with business owners along North Broadway and Daly Street.  We visited Lincoln High School and strolled Lincoln Park. We ate at El Huarachito and Dino’s Burgers.

We also asked residents to meet with us at Plaza de la Raza and the Lincoln Heights Senior Center.  You answered our survey questions with memories about what Lincoln Heights used to be and your hopes and fears for what it could become (shown above).

Read more Lincoln Heights stories in our series, A Dream Displaced, on March 29.

By Steve Salvidar

Top photo: Lincoln Park in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles, Calif. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Production by Andrea Roberson