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For Ernesto Yerena, Los Angeles is the City of Hard Work and Hope

Artist Ernesto Yerena’s visual love letter to the City of Hustle and Hope.

When the sun comes up over the uniquely industrial-cum-residential neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, artist Ernesto Yerena gets up and greets the day. He's welcomed by a symphony of auditory sounds: there's the tamale lady loudly announcing her presence, the chattering of the neighborhood women watering their plants, and the ringihong of bicycle bells. “There’ an element that feels like you’re in ‘Little Mexico,’” he says. “I see a lot of hand-painted signage for restaurants or grocery markets; a lot of them are in Spanish. It reminds me of the border, where I’m from, with the Mexican American community.”

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To Chicago, With Love

My love of Chicago is nothing like yours.

My love of Chicago is nothing like yours.

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A Love Letter to San Francisco

In my last month of maternity leave with you, Twyla, I’ve spent the days thinking, pushing you around in your stroller, and the nights writing this letter to you.

In my last month of maternity leave with you, Twyla, I’ve spent the days thinking, pushing you around in your stroller, and the nights writing this letter to you. I want you to know my personal history with San Francisco, with three special spots, in particular, and how they’ve shaped and influenced me. This is a love letter to you, little one, but also a love letter to this city we call home.

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