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Resistance and Fortification in the Barrio: Espacio 1839 Holding Strong in the Face of Change

Located on 1st Street in Boyle Heights, just a short walk from Mariachi Plaza, Espacio 1839 is open to serve the community. It’s a hybrid bookstore, art gallery, gift shop, and radio station and playfully describes itself as “The Voltron of retail and community radio.” The space is run as a collective consisting of four founding members Marco Amador, Nico Aviña – a lifetime resident of Boyle Heights, David W. Gomez, and Elisa Sol Garcia, who after knowing each other and their work as activists and artists in the community for years, pooled together their resources to create Espacio 1839.

Resistance and Fortification in the Barrio: Espacio 1839 Holding Strong in the Face of Change

Located on 1st Street in Boyle Heights, just a short walk from Mariachi Plaza, Espacio 1839 is open to serve the community. It’s a hybrid bookstore, art gallery, gift shop, and radio station and playfully describes itself as “The Voltron of retail and community radio.” The space is run as a collective consisting of four founding members Marco Amador, Nico Aviña – a lifetime resident of Boyle Heights, David W. Gomez, and Elisa Sol Garcia, who after knowing each other and their work as activists and artists in the community for years, pooled together their resources to create Espacio 1839.

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