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Thanks to Mexicans, Los Angeles has the Sunset Strip

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Anyone who knows Los Angeles, knows one of it’s most iconic streets is Sunset Boulevard. It goes through starkly, even socio-economically, different neighborhoods, and it’s home to some of the most historic restaurants, stores and venues in pop culture. Even Hollywood got started on the strip. So did you know that Mexicans started Sunset Boulevard?

That’s right! The strip starts at Olvera Street, the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles.

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It’s a famous Mexican neighborhood established in 1781 by different ethnicities, including pobladores.

“This site is the birthplace of the city,” says Chris Espinoza, general manager of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

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According to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, a department under the City of Los Angeles, this is the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community.

But that’s not all…Sunset Boulevard also runs through Echo Park, one of the neighborhoods that expanded from Olvera Street.

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It was a predominantly Latino neighborhood, pre-gentrification.

Since so many Latino gangs ran rampant during the 80s and 90s in Echo Park, it became the perfect backdrop to film Mi Vida Loca.

Learn more about the Mexican history of the Sunset Strip below:

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Relationship Battles: 9 Lame Ways of Ruining Your Love Life

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Relationship Battles: 9 Lame Ways of Ruining Your Love Life

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Ah, el amor. Que lindo es el amor. From Selena Quintanilla’s “Amor Prohibido” to Selena Gomez’s “The Heard Wants What It Wants,” you all crave to love and be loved. HOWEVER, you are only human, and there are plenty of lame things you do that are ruining your love life. Disclosure: the following are really gender neutral, so adjust pronouns accordingly.

Her planning an OITNB marathon during soccer finals.

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What did the Pumas ever do to you woman? Get your priorities straight.

Him NOT forking over cash for extra guac.

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Being cheap is not attractive.

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Her wanting to share every sip of chisme.

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Chica, that’s what las amigas are for.

Him having a “bros over h*es” mentality.

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Let’s just see how good your bros are at cuddling.

Her following his every move on social media.

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Stalking is actually a crime.

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Him being celoso of EVERY guy.

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Insecure much?

Her comparing the relationship to her bff’s.

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Wanna swap bfs?

Him eating the last scoop of ice cream.

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Have you heard of sexual withholding?

Her wanting to wear matching outfits.

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You know how this story ends.

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