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2 Olvera Street

Olvera Street

Olvera Street
Olvera Street behind us used to be called Vine Street. It was renamed in honor of Agustin Olvera. The first judge of Los Angeles and a man who played an important role negotiating the peace in the American-Mexican war of the 1840s. Before that war, this street here and most of modern day California was all Mexican territory. So we’d have been standing right in the middle of Mexico right here. The war was finally settled when the USA paid Mexico $15 million. And a half a million square miles of Mexican territory was incorporated into the United States. But today, of course, on Olvera Street here, you can still get a little taste of Mexico. Olvera Street is very much at the epicenter of Mexican culture in Los Angeles today. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, back in the 1920s, it was a bit of a rundown street. It didn't have any particular connection with Mexican culture whatsoever. That was until Christine Sterling came along. And she saw the dilapidated state of the street and decided to rejuvenate it in the style of a Mexican marketplace. But there weren't many Mexicans involved in this project. So in the end, it was a little bit of theme park romanticized view of Mexico. But over the years, many Mexicans have arrived here and rather embraced the street. Today, it's really the heart of Mexican culture in Los Angeles and a great place to pick up a burrito or a Mexican wrestler's mask. I think the gold one is for me.
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