Echo Street Stanford Avenue

I Came Here for a Better Life

Jose Minguela

I’m a welder. I build fences. I started the job in 1983. I didn’t know anything about welding, but I worked hard to learn and become good at my job.

I’m originally from Mexico City. I immigrated to Los Angeles 39 years ago, searching for a better life. The city has changed so much since then. Sometimes when I get off the bus, I walk by MacArthur Park. It used to be dirty and crime-infested. Now it’s clean. You see families playing with their kids. It’s beautiful.

Map: Echo Street - Stanford Avenue