El Tiradito

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El Tiradito is a tiny shrine in Barrio Viejo. It doesn't look like much at first glance, but it actually saved the neighborhood. Residents of long ago and today visit El Tiradito to submit their wish on a piece of paper. After shoving them into cracks along the wall, they must burn a candle through the entire night. Legend has it this is the way wishes get granted, but that isn't how Barrio Viejo avoided being bulldozed to make way for a good as done freeway expansion. Local resident Anna Laos didn't make a wish, she filed paperwork. Using paper of the uncrumpled sort, she led the campaign to get El Tiradito designated as a historic and cultural landmark.