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19 Reasons East L.A. Isn't What You Think It Is

Don't believe the hype.

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10. They assume El Mercado offers nothing they would ever want to buy.

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11. And envision the Barrio Boogie to be a total bore.

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12. They think the cuisine is limited to tacos and burritos...

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Un Solo Sol's Vegan Tofu Saltado.

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13. ... Or rice and beans.

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A Veggie Fatteh dish at Un Solo Sol.

14. And believe the churches are falling apart.

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St. Mary's Church in Boyle Heights.

15. They don't expect a smidgen of creativity.

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Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights.

16. Or a powerful sense of community.

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The Boyle Heights bridge runners.

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17. Some people will go their whole lives avoiding this place.

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Statue of Lucha Reyes in Mariachi Plaza.

18. And maybe they're right...

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Wall art at Primera Taza.

19. ... Because obviously nothing cool EVER happens in East L.A.

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DJ Potira spinning at East Side Luv.