Making A Neighborhood – The Substack

From Samanta Helou Hernandez, the creator of This Side of Hoover, and esteemed friend and neighbor:

‘Many of you have asked how you can support the work of This Side of Hoover and @jimbotimes. Well here’s your chance: @jimbotimes@alirachelpearl, and I are launching a newsletter all about what it means to make a neighborhood. We’ll be sharing original photo essays, cultural criticism,  local histories, and reflections on community making in an effort to not only document our rapidly changing neighborhood, but to connect the struggles and resilience of our area to neighborhoods across the city, state, and country.

This newsletter grew out of our 2021 project “Making Our Neighborhood: Redlining, Gentrification, and Housing in East Hollywood.” We wanted to create a platform to continue engaging in this topic long term. Our goal is to deepen people’s understanding of their neighborhoods, whether you live in East Hollywood or on the East Coast. By becoming a paid subscriber you’re supporting our ongoing work examining both the cultural and political implications of racially discriminatory practices, urban planning, gentrification, and community solidarity.

The newsletter launches on March 4th. To celebrate we’ll be hosting an IG live that day to discuss the new project and answer any questions!  Subscribe to “Making A Neighborhood” at the link in any of our bios to receive our weekly posts.’

J.T.

EPISODE 76 – MATT TINOCO, LA PODCAST

For our 76th episode, we sit down for a chat with Matthew Tinoco, the newest co-host of the LA Podcast. We discuss Matt’s growing up in the San Fernando Valley, as well as the city’s “old” politics there, Matt’s intersectional identity, or Latinx roots, his journalistic work on L.A.’s homelessness crisis since 2015, particularly after the fatal shooting of unhoused resident ‘Africa,’ or Cameroon, in downtown L.A.’s Skid Row, and more. Matt and I also discuss his latest efforts with the LA Podcast, including the recently introduced newsletter for readers and fund-drive, also known as New-Member September. Support LA Podcast via Patreon. A can’t miss session for lovers of indie media in Los Angeles.

EPISODE 65 – THE HOMICIDE REPORT WITH NICOLE SANTA CRUZ

In our 65th episode, we chat with Nicole Santa Cruz (@nicolesantacruz), formerly of the Los Angeles Times, and now a reporter for underserved communities in the Southwest with ProPublica (@propublica). Nicole and I discuss none other than the LAT’s Homicide Report, for which she spent over eight years tracking homicides in L.A. County, attempting to “put a face to the name” of people in Los Angeles whose lives were taken by murder or homicide crimes. We discuss the impact of homicides on families and communities in L.A., as well as common misconceptions about victims and their families based on “where they come from” or live, the Victim’s Compensation Program, and more. Learn more about the Homicide Report in Los Angeles here.

J.T.