In L.A., not every moral crusade over real estate is Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker

As a columnist, I’m supposed to offer blistering opinions about the news of the day, with often easily defined contrasts. Heroes and villains. Sturm und Drang. The good (Dodgers and democracy) and the bad (Angels and Trump).



a sign on the side of a building: The International Institute of Los Angeles, a legendary nonprofit that offered classes and camaraderie to immigrant women, is selling its old building in Boyle Heights. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)


© (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
The International Institute of Los Angeles, a legendary nonprofit that offered classes and camaraderie to immigrant women, is selling its old building in Boyle Heights. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Nuance? Leave that to my venerated colleague Steve Lopez.

But today, I’m struggling with how to feel about a two-story building at 435 S. Boyle Ave. in Boyle Heights that’s been on sale since last year.

Built in 1931, the Spanish Revivalist structure was home until last year to the International Institute of Los Angeles, a legendary nonprofit that offered classes and camaraderie to immigrant women at a time when few other organizations would.



a brick building: The International Institute of Los Angeles, which is selling its old building in Boyle Heights, has relocated to Lincoln Heights because upkeep on the former property was too costly, according to a senior executive. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)


©

Read More