Sunday, July 5, 2020
The global pandemic has had many casualties, with mass death and sickness left its wake. Parts of the nation's cultural history may be a less known casualty.
The city of Los Angeles, once part of Mexico and now the home of millions of immigrants from Mexico and Central America, is facing the loss of one of its Mexican cultural landmarks.
The Mexican marketplace, which is part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, was closed March 20 in the Los Angeles COVID-19 shutdown. The dangers of the pandemic forced merchants . . . to cancel their celebrations of the cultural center’s 90thanniversary. Today, a handful of the small restaurants are open for curbside pickup and takeout orders. Merchants and restaurant owners say their businesses are down 90 percent compared to this time last year."
Unfortunately, although some Olvera Street business owners hope to reopen, several shops likely will close permanently. Some merchants do not have an income or are afraid to open.
In short, the future of LA's Olvera Street, and its tribute to the city's rich Mexican history, is uncertain.