East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Whittier Boulevard

Whittier Boulevard is located in East Los Angeles. Its history makes it memorable and important to the residents of the community.

Around World War II, Whittier Boulevard was surrounded by low-riders. That is still going on right now. Today, people are not letting the culture of East L.A. die. Whittier still has these car events that bring back the past, bringing back the traditions from before. No other place gives you the opportunity to attend such car events. If you come and visit the street while this event is going on, you’ll have the chance to experience the meet-ups, just like they used to do back in the day.

As mentioned before, Whittier Boulevard is located in East Los Angeles, an area where the majority of people are Latinos. The seven miles of street offers us a wide diversity of things. Just in case you haven’t had the chance to walk through the street, I’ll take you through a tour using our imaginations. Picture yourself in a place where all you see are wonderful services and different kinds of stores, food, and people. Before we start on the tour, you might want to buy yourself a well-cooked hot dog wrapped with bacon, topped with grilled onion, and with a jalapeño asado on the side. You don’t like hotdogs? No problem, there are also many taco stands along this street. We are known for having a diversity of foods from Mexican to Chinese. There are also little appetizers like fruit, corn on a stick, corn in a cup, raspados, aguas frescas, and more. That’s not even half of what they can sell to you! Whittier is a mixture of restaurants, fashion stores, supermarkets, panaderias (bread shops) and much, much more.

Besides food, they also sell clothes in fashion and thrift stores. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, they might have what you’re looking for. They also have furniture stores, offering new and used furniture. If you were to go to another city, you wouldn’t be able to find something like this where everything is placed right in your hands.

Now imagine one day they decide to close down the street to build new houses, a railroad or who knows what. Where will we be able to find another place where it’s a mixture of stores and foods on one street? You’ll have to go somewhere far to buy whatever you were once able to buy around the corner.