Beyond Anna Drive

By Gabriel San Roman

Iron gates section off a number of apartments in the largely immigrant Latino community near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Crescent Avenue in Anaheim. Unlike Anna Drive, which has recently come under a new gang injunction in the city, none of them are affixed with an altar keeping the memory of a slain young man alive. 


Even so, the neighborhood shares in visible and visceral signs of neglect just the same. 

On any given morning during the work week, numerous children are walked by their parents across the street to board buses for the school day. The yellow crosswalks were only recently put up by the city and only after residents of the community raised the issue. It was a welcomed improvement in an area far from the glare of media and nonprofits, in an area where many more improvements are needed. 

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