Boyle Heights Beat reporters interviewed nearly 50 residents about which areas they considered “safe” and “unsafe” in the neighborhood. Many of those interviewed listed “home” as the safest area. When asked for another location, several people listed schools and libraries, and two listed churches. “I feel safe in the Roosevelt High School gymnasium,” said one of the respondents. “It’s always full of school can remember, gang violence in Boyle Heights hasn’t gone away. At least 20 different gangs still call Boyle Heights home. Last year, nearly six percent of the murders in Los Angeles took place in Boyle Heights, according to LAPD data. This is the same percentage as in 1992, when crime was at its highest level citywide. And the city still sees Boyle Heights as a “hot spot” for violence.

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