El Centro de Oro: The Golden Center

Produced by: 
Raices Culturales Latinoamericanes, Taller Puertorriqueño, and HACE CDC (5th and Lehigh District)
11 min 26 sec

This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.5 compilation DVD.

Known as the heart of Latino business, art and culture in the tri-state area, El Centro de Oro is a celebrated corridor in Kensington. Embraced by Puerto Ricans and Cubans who left their homes around Spring Garden and the Northern Liberties as those neighborhoods gentrified, El Centro de Oro is a growing space for festivals, murals, and cultural participation. By highlighting the Latino community’s sustainability and self-reliance, the video aims to confront mainstream media stereotypes through the imagery of this beloved central street.