Surrounded by five freeways, residents of Boyle Heights are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution everyday.
Breathing this polluted air can result in negative long-term health effects; including higher than usual rates of hospitalization for asthma. Last month, the World Health Organization classified air pollution as a leading cause of cancer deaths.
Medical professionals say the elderly and young children are especially at risk.
Boyle Heights Beat youth reporters produced this audio slide show that takes a look at the problem facing the community and the need for improving the neighborhood.