Located in a valley a few miles from downtown Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine was home to generations of Mexican Americans. In the 1950s, using the power of eminent domain, the city of Los Angeles bought up the land and leveled many of the existing buildings, driving the residents out with promises of affordable housing, which never came to be. Instead the location would become the site of Dodger Stadium. The story is told in the documentary film Chavez Ravine, a Los Angeles Story, and the photographic work of the late Don Normak.
Don Normak, Chavez Ravine, 1949.