I started off my morning with some coffee from the “Alchemist Coffee Project.”
The statue of Salvadorian archbishop, Messenger Oscar Romero, which was completed in November of 2013. This is just one of many works of art that adorns the park.
Here, I found an interesting composition of two towering objects. Palm trees and street lights like this one are found throughout the rest of the park.
Many homeless people find refuge in MacArthur Park’s surrounding area. This shopping cart once belonged to an inhabitant of the park but has since been abandoned.
A loaf of bread rests on the cold concrete next to the lake. Around the park, there were tons of animals preying for food.
Minerva, 57, weaves a handkerchief along a sidewalk teeming with street vendors, which many business owners say is a growing cause for concern.
This was one of those restaurants I feel like you would see on the internet. Do you want Yogurt Smoothies? What about Chinese food? Fortunately here, you can get both.
The water in MacArthur Park’s lake is murky beyond belief, so much so that it reflects images more than it does let light through it.
Gabriel, 31, sweeps the lake floor for trash and other items that are making the water dirty. The city’s trash collectors swarm the area everyday around 2pm.
While walking in MacArthur Park, I noticed that none of the water fountains worked.
ACTION: Orlando Gravely catches some air while skating in Lafayette Park. Gravely is just one of the many skaters of all ages gathered in the park on a busy afternoon.
WTF: Shoes dangle from the telephone line running over Lafayette Park in Westlake.
LOOKING UP: Blue skies shine into the courtyard of the Granada Buildings in Westlake. The complex was built in 1927 and currently houses several non-profit organizations.
BLUE: A graffitied image of a camera marks a building’s blue wall near Lafayette Park. This is just one of many instances of graffiti seen around Westlake.
DELICIOUS: Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe serves up tamales and other authentic Latin American cuisine to residents and visitors of Westlake.
ANT POV: An abandoned lighter lays on the ground in MacArthur Park. Despite the litter, residents of the area still come to the park to play soccer and enjoy the playground facilities.
GIF: Festival goers gather in MacArthur Park to commemorate the independence of several Central American countries. The heavily Latino community celebrates with food, music and dancing.
HANDS: Westlake residents put their hands to their hearts to honor the national anthem of the United States at a festival in MacArthur Park celebrating Central American independence.
A Day at the 34th Annual Central American Independence Day Festival located near MacArthur Park.
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At Lafayette Park, students from the nearby school come to play a quick game of pick up basketball. (Looking Up)
The support of a hand helps for the children to be encouraged. (Close up of hands)
The skateboarders want to EMPHASIZE their love for the park. (Something Blue)
They skate because it gives them a place to call home and people to look up to. (Action Shot)
A very welcoming notion of the skatepark written on the trees (WTF)
The turf field had children playing a pickup game of soccer while their mom watched. (ANT POV)
Soccer is very important to this community as right across the park was a store that specialized in selling soccer gear. (Fashion)
The children love to play soccer in the park. (GIF)
LeeRoy Arroyo or simply “Arroyo” is from the Dominican Republic and moved to downtown Los Angeles two years ago. He works several jobs including one as a dishwasher in Little Tokyo’s Urban Seoul but one day hopes to open up his own restaurant. Like many immigrants, Arroyo left the Dominican town of Constanza and boarded a plane “Looking for a visa for a dream,” he said quoting a song by Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra.