This is summary of what Dominga talks about as she walks along her street.
Dominga Pizano is a Neighborhood Ambassador with the Magnolia Place Community Initiative. In this video, she gives a tour of her block located on Bonnie Brae between 17th and 18th Streets in Los Angeles and efforts to keep the street clean by a group of neighbors. Dominga says there is an understanding with some of the managers of the nearby apartments about keeping those areas clean. She believes the support received from the landlords holds them accountable to keep their buildings clean.
Dominga says they have tried hard to involve their neighbors from across the street but it has been a challenge. She explains how the lack of communication and participation from those neighbors has caused people who don’t live in the neighborhood to drop off unwanted furniture.
“A concern for us is that people sometimes throw out furniture on the street and it makes our neighborhoodlook ugly. On this side of the street, compared to the side from where I live, as you can see, there’s trash everywhere. No one really cleans on this side. Our neighbors on this side of the street don’t want to work with us in keeping our block clean. Therefore, people are leaving trash on the ground and makes this side not so pleasant to walk down with our children or families. I believe we can make a difference on this block if we work together,” says Dominga.
A positive thing she likes about her community is how some neighbors maintain their plants.
“Our plants are very green and healthy. There are plants everywhere, bushes and trees. All of this green maintained by us motivates us to keep working together and makes us feel great when we walk by. The majority of homes have trees and it makes us look and feel like a community; a sense of belonging and being alive. The coming together makes us realize the beauty within our neighborhood. It’s beautiful! The green, the plants! It makes us feel great!” exclaims Dominga.
Dominga also talks about a home on the corner of 17th Street and Bonnie Brae. It was an abandoned place where people could be seen drinking or using drugs. Many people were afraid to walk around that side of the block because they didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately, a family bought the home and has transformed it into a safe place.
“This is exactly what I like. People being motivated, working together. This motivates our neighbors to do good things to better our community. This makes us all feel great. To have many of us to connect about things that concern us,” says Dominga.