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08/18/2013 03:11 pm ET

Los Angeles Neighborhood Tries To Change, But Avoid The Pitfalls

AP

LOS ANGELES — When Juan Romero was a boy in the 1980s, people talked about his neighborhood, Boyle Heights, as a place to escape. The area was besieged by gangs, public schools were struggling, and a vast majority of residents were barely above the poverty line.

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