The colonisers are dividing up LA.
Dassler Jimenez stood on a busy stretch of Western Avenue in East Hollywood, ready to plant a flag and call it “Little Venezuela.”
Never mind that none of his countrymen live or own businesses in the neighborhood — or the fact that Jimenez has no money to finance the effort and little clue how to make it happen.
“If the Armenians and the Koreans did it,” Jimenez said, “why can’t we?”
Jimenez and other Latino leaders have teamed up to promote a common goal: carving out islands for their communities in Los Angeles’ jumbled landscape — Peru Village, Little Venezuela, Paseo Colombia, Guatemalan Mayan Village, Oaxacan Corridor.
The Latino Economic Empowerment Round Table gathers monthly to strategize about boundaries, city requirements and ways to win favor with neighborhood councils, consulates and elected officials.