Several months ago, an issue existed regarding the development of the Meriachi Plaza in the Boyle Heights. The development of the plaza was to be undertaken by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transport Authority. However, residents protested to the development. The residents and merchants together with the help of their activists voiced their protests to the LA County Metropolitan Transport Authority.  Specifically, the residents noted that the plaza was to be developed at the iconic Boyle Heights gathering spot, which they would not allow, as they would forego any future gathering in the place. The residents argued that the development would encourage further gentrification from downtown, thereby suiting the needs of historic immigrant communities in the neighborhood. The residents raised missing aspects in the area such as laundries and recreation parks.

Although was resolved, attending a negotiation meeting with the two sides discussing the issue could present a number of members. These could include:

  • Two members from the LA County Metropolitan Transport Authority
  • Two community activists
  • Two merchant activity
  • LA county planning representatives

These representatives could brainstorm and discuss issues affecting the development of the Meriachi Plaza from the perspectives of all parties (the community, merchants, and the LA County Metropolitan Transport Authority).