Grim Los Angeles

Grim Los Angeles

If you have time, read the wikipedia article. I won’t bug you if you don’t though, and may even summarize stuff here as I take notes for myself. Here’s the intro paragraph stolen from the wiki, at least, saves me typing it:

Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California and the second largest in the United States. Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles has an estimated population of 3.8 millio and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents. Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Its inhabitants are known as “Angelenos”. In 2008, Los Angeles was named the world’s eighth most economically powerful city by, ahead of Shanghai and Toronto but behind Chicago and Paris.

Los Angeles is one of the world’s centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment business to the city has led many celebrities to call Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home.

Districts & Notable Neighbourhoods

Map of LA

Los Angeles is a big place, and might be best thought of broken down into components – each of which would probably be the size of a medium sized city by themselves. Much of this stolen from Fromer’s Guide to LA, some from wikipedia.


Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles marks the geographic, political, and historic center of Los Angeles. Although the smallest region of Los Angeles by area, it includes a great variety of diverse neighborhoods, ranging from several modern skyscrapers of the Financial District to the historic structures of the Historic Core to the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown and Little Tokyo . It also contains many cultural attractions and entertainment venues. Downtown is also a center for local and regional transportation, with several freeways passing through and Union Station connecting regional trains to local buses and the Metro Line.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic District – This is a 44-acre ode to the city’s early years and is worth a visit. Chinatown is small and touristy, but can be plenty of fun for souvenir hunting or traditional dim sum. Little Tokyo,on the other hand, is a genuine gathering place for the Southland’s Japanese population, with a wide array of shops and restaurants with anauthentic flair.

Silver Lake – This residential neighborhood just north of Downtown and adjacent to Los Feliz(home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park), just to the west, hasarty areas with unique cafes, theaters, graffiti, and art galleries —all in equally plentiful proportions. The local music scene has been burgeoning of late.

Exposition Park – South and west of Downtown is home to the LosAngeles Memorial Coliseum and the L.A. Sports Arena, as well as theNatural History Museum, the African-American Museum, and the CaliforniaScience Center. The University of Southern California (USC) is nextdoor.

Other downtown neighbourhoods: Arts District, Bunker Hill, Chinatown, Civic Center, Fashion District, Financial District, Flower District, Furniture and Decorative Arts District, Gallery Row, Historic Core, Jewelry District, Little Tokyo, Skid Row, South Park, Old Bank District, Toy District, Wholesale District.

East and Northeast Los Angeles

To the east and northeast of Downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles River lies Eastern Los Angeles. The region may sometimes be defined to include adjacent areas outside of the city boundaries of Los Angeles, such as Montebello and East Los Angeles. The communities listed here, however, all lie within the city of Los Angeles.

Many of the neighborhoods of Eastern Los Angeles house large Latino populations, although several neighborhoods, especially in northeast L.A., have more mixed populations. In the northern portions of Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights there are white populations of Italian and French descent. Highland Park with Eagle Rock also have a significant amount of white people. In Monterrey Hills nearly half of the population is white. The population also ranges from working-class to affluent. The predominantly residential neighborhoods of the region contain many hills, especially in northern regions.

East Los Angeles neighborhoods: Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Elysian Valley, University Hills, Atwater Village, Arroyo Seco, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington

Echo Park and Westlake

Immediately west of Downtown Los Angeles lie some of the city’s earliest suburbs. Angelino Heights and Echo Park were the locations of some of the first film studios west of the Mississippi. Now mostly populated by Latino immigrants, a great amount of distinctive architecture has been preserved from the early 20th century, including the restored Victorian homes in Angelino Heights. This region also includes the most densely populated areas in Los Angeles.

Echo Park and Westlake neighbourhoods: Angelino Heights, Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Harvard Heights, Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown, Lafayette Park, Pico-Union, Westlake(with MacArthur Parkand Temple-Beaudry)

Greater Hollywood

Hollywood Sign

Formerly a religious colony, then an independent city, Hollywood was annexed by Los Angeles in 1910. Its name is synonymous with the motion picture industry, yet much of movie production has moved out to neighboring cities. Tourists flock to Hollywood Boulevard to gaze up to the Hollywood sign in the Mountains. The last decade has brought new life to the once-struggling parts of the Hollywood district, with various developments taking advantage of new subway stations. The wealth of the neighborhoods here is strongly influenced by elevation; some of the wealthiest tracts in the country are up in the Hollywood Hills, with gradually less affluent population leading to pockets of large working-class and transient populations further southeast.

Greater Hollywood Neighbourhoods: Hollywood(Beachwood Canyon, Cahuenga Pass, Hollywood Hills(Hollywood Dell, Whitley Heights, Hollywood Heights, Laurel Canyon, Mount Olympus, Nichols Canyon, Outpost Estates, Sunset Hills), East Hollywood(Little Armenia, Thai Town, Virgil Village, Koreatown)), Melrose District, Melrose Hill, Sierra Vista, Spaulding Square, Yucca Corridor

Harbor Area

Following the Harbor Gateway south to the port leads to the Harbor area, an enclave of L.A. surrounded by independent cities and annexed so the city would have full right-of-way to the port. The leading neighborhood of the harbor area is San Pedro.

Harbor Area Neighbourhoods: Harbor City(including Harbor Pines), Harbor Gateway, San Pedro(Palisades, Port of LA, Point Fermin, South Shores, Vista del Oro, The Gardens, Rolling Hills Highlands, Vinegar Hill), Terminal Island, Wilmington

Los Feliz and Silver Lake

Nestled between Hollywood and the Los Angeles River are a group of the city’s older residential neighborhoods that house Griffith and Elysian Park, the city’s largest public parks.

Similar to most of the city, communities in this area are significantly wealthier closer to the hills. In this fashion, Los Feliz retained its expensive reputation while other districts further south and closer to Westlake were plagued by gang wars or crime. In the last decade, the area particularly around the Silver Lake Reservoir and now Sunset Blvd has become closely associated with gentrification, a process which has pushed working class families out due to high housing costs. This is also the location of Chavez Ravine, a focal point of local history where the Latino neighborhood was demolished to make way for the Dodger Stadium in the 1950s.

Los Feliz and Silver Lake Neighbourhoods: Elysian Park(including Solano Canyon), Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley, Los Feliz(including Franklin Hills), Silver Lake(including Sunset Junction)

South Los Angeles

South Los Angeles, formerly called South-Central, includes most of the city directly south of downtown, the I-10, and Wilshire, but not those areas as far south as the Harbor Gateway, Harbor Area or the Port of Los Angeles.

South Los Angeles Neighbourhoods: Arlington Park, Athens on the Hill, Baldwin Hills(Baldwin Hills Estates, Baldwin Village, Baldwin Vista), Cameo Plaza, Canterbury Knolls, Century Palms, Chesterfield Square, Crenshaw, Exposition Park, Gramercy Park, Green Meadows, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, King Estates, Leimert Park, Magnolia Square, Manchester Square, Morningside Circle, South Los Angeles, View Heights, Vermont Knolls, Vermont Park, Vermont Square, Village Green, Watts, West Adams(Kinney Heights, North University Park(including Figueroa Corridor), University Park), West Alameda, West Park Terrace

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