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.

Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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