As most of my readers know, I’ve been trying for years to wrap my head around Los Angeles by exploring and mapping the metropolis. My first maps were hand drawn on paper, starting with a map of Elysian Park‘s trails that I drew around 2001. I also have made quite a few Google Maps. The Google Map of Los Angeles County communities has been shared by several websites and has been viewed about two million times. As I’ve broadened my explorations to Orange County, San Diego County, and ultimately, all of Southern California, the scope of the map has broadened accordingly. And I keep discovering more and more communities: quasi-private enclaves nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, forgotten real estate scams in the Antelope Valley that somehow hang on with a few residents, forgotten ghost towns reduced to their concrete foundations by wildfire, historic ethnic enclaves, forgotten tract designations revived by real estate agents eager to disassociate with the perceived negative perceptions of a neighborhood they hope to gentrify, new-to-me neighborhoods within San Gabriel Valley suburbs, mysterious Los Angeles County place names that seemingly appear only on internal documents, and newly created micro-neighborhoods continually spinning off like fractals in Midtown and the San Fernando Valley.
At the beginning of the year, I began updating the Google Map; mainly trying to tidy up boundaries and update neighborhood descriptions. Many of the latter were written fifteen years ago when snark was unfortunately the lingua franca of the internet. Many entries also contain no-longer-relevant demographic information taken from the 2000 Census (now more than two decades ago). And, I wanted to add some pictures. All of this, naturally, is a lot of work, and so I’ve limited myself to one community a day, chosen at random, each of which I tweet about with the tag, #LACommunityOfTheDay. Twitter, with its strict character limit, keeps my propensity for exhausting exhaustiveness in check and as I compose my tweets, I do my best to keep the principles of both haiku and Soviet montage theory in my head.
So far, only patrons have had access to the growing directory but I wanted to post more often, even pieces that are incomplete, because one of the advantages of online writing over printed publications is that I can keep updating it for as long as there’s an interenet. That said, were you to become a patron of mine by supporting me on Patreon, I wouldn’t be mad and if enough did — I could afford to devote more time to mapping and exploring and writing. Think about it.
Wilson & Shorb‘s Alhambra Tract debuted in 1875. It was named by Ruth Yorba after Washington Irving‘s Tales of the Alhambra (1832). Alhambra incorporated on 11 July 1903. Today it’s one of several local Asian majority (primarily Chinese and Vietnamese) suburbs.
The county purchased the land for Alondra Park in 1926 in order to halt the development of a planned black community, Gordon Manor. The park finally opened in 1946, a year before El Camino College. During the village-ification fad of the 1990s, people can promoting the area as “El Camino Village.”
ANNADALE [LOS ANGELES]
Annandale was subdivided in 1886. Development took off in the 1920s. Annandale Elementary opened in 1921. Part of Annandale was annexed by Pasadena in 1924. The rest was absorbed into Highland Park in 1927, with Garvanza, Hermon, and York Valley.
ARD EEVIN HIGHLANDS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS TERRACE
Arlington Park was a streetcar suburb that arose in 1909 developed as a stretch of bungalows from the 1910s along Arlington Avenue between Exposition and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. The name was largely abandoned until it was revived by the Eighth District Empowerment Congress’s “Naming Neighborhoods Project.”
Arroyo is the Pasadena neighborhood that follows the Arroyo Seco from Devil’s Gate into the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s dominated by Hahamongna Watershed Park (named after the village of Hahamog’na) although it’s also home to a small portion of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
ARROYO TERRACE (LOWER)
ARROYO TERRACE (UPPER)
ARROYO VIEW ESTATES
William Gorham developed Arroyo View Estates, a residential neighborhood comprised entirely of ranch homes, from 1960-1964. Some homes have East Asian and Hollywood Regency architectural elements which, along with hammered glass and breeze blocks, add kitschy mid-20th century charm.
ARROYO DEL MAR
THE ARTS DISTRICT
Artists began to squat in the abandoned warehouses of Downtown East around 197. In ’81, the Artists-In-Residence ordinance legalized it. After the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance passed in ’99, Downtown transformed and the Arts District quickly transformed into a neighborhood in which few artists can afford to live.
ATHENS ON THE HILL
AUBRY AT ALAMITOS RIDGE
BALDWIN HILLS ESTATES
This area comprised of apartments built in the 1940s and ’50s, was nicknamed the Jungle for the palm and banana plants that typified its landscaping. By 1988, efforts that ultimately bore fruit were underway to rename it Baldwin Village.
THE BÁNH MÌ DISTRICT
BAY HARBOUR – SEADIP
THE BEACH CITIES
Bel Air was founded in 1923 by oil tycoon and tennis champion Alphonzo Edward Bell. His father was James George Bell, after whom the working class suburbs of Bell and Bell Gardens are named. Most street names are French or Italian but the plurality of its foreign-born are from Iran and Iranian is the most common ancestry of residents. Micro-neighborhoods within Bel-Air include East Gate Old Bel Air, West Gate Bel Air and Upper Bel Air. It’s also home to The UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.
Missourian James George Bell had the Victorian folk-style Bell House built for his family in 1876. In 1898, the town over which he presided as postmaster, was named Bell. Bell began to grow in the 1920s and incorporated as a city in 1927.
The Alamitos Land Company subdivided the streetcar suburb of Belmont Heights, located along a Pacific Electric Railway line, in 1905. It incorporated as a city on 1 October 1908. It was annexed by Long Beach in 1909.
Belmont Park is a residential community on Alamitos Bay that was subdivided in 1926 and primarily developed in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s named after the city of Belmont Heights, which incorporated in 1908 and was annexed by Long Beach in 1909.
In 1915, the Janss Investment Co. developed a streetcar suburb called Belvedere Heights along the Whittier Line. The same company developed Belvedere Gardens in 1921. The combined tracts and surrounding area came to be known as Belvedere.
BIG MOUNTAIN RIDGE
In the Swarthout Valley of San Gabriel Mountains. Big Pines was developed in 1924. It’s home to Mountain High Ski Resort, the Table Mountain Observatory, and Mt Kare Campground. It’s also the highest elevated community on the San Andreas Fault.
BIG ROCK SPRINGS
The somewhat redundantly-named Bluff Heights is a neighborhood composed primarily of California Craftsman bungalows constructed between 1910 and 1923, including many designed by Miner Smith, an architect from the eight flattest state, Ohio.
THE BONG DISTRICT
THE BRIDAL DISTRICT
Several tracts were subdivided in 1906 and 1907 in what is now Broadway Square. Most of the homes were built in the 1910s and ’20s. The “Broadway Square” designation, however, was created by the Eighth District Empowerment Congress’s Naming Neighborhoods Project in 2008.
THE BROADWAY THEATER DISTRICT
Brockmont is a residential neighborhood located in the foothills of the Verdugos above Missouri-born businessman John C. Brockman‘s 1920s Brockmont Park development. Brockmont is comparatively newer, its single family homes having been built between the 1950s and ’80s.
THE BURBANK MEDIA DISTRICT
THE BYZANTINE-LATINO QUARTER
Cahuenga Pass is a mountain pass through the Santa Monica Mountains and refers to a neighborhood to the west of the Hollywood Freeway. The main thoroughfare is Cahuenga Boulevard West. Cahuenga come from the Tongva word, Kawee’nga, meaning “place of the fox.” The native gray fox is the only American canid that can climb trees.
CALIFORNIA ROSE COURT
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH
CAMBODIA TOWN (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ)
Metro Los Angeles is home to the largest community of Cambodians outside of Cambodia. By 1985, Cambodia Town (ទីក្រុងខ្មែរ) was known colloqually by that name. In 2007, it was finally granted official recognition by the city of Long Beach.
CAMP AL HUEY
Irish immigrant John Carroll debuted his streetcar suburb, Carroll Park, on 19 January 1903. By 1923, it was mostly developed — primarily with California Craftsman bungalows. Carroll Park was designated a Historic Landmark District in 1982.
CARSON PARK (PLAZA EAST)
CENTRAL LONG BEACH
Chapman is named after Alabama-born real estate attorney and investor Alfred Beck Chapman. It was developed in the 1920s but mostly demolished in the 1970s to allow for the construction of the 210 Freeway. It’s also home to Sierra Madre Station and freeway adjacent apartments and storage.
THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
Chinatown migrated from its old location after most of it was razed (and its people displaced) to build Union Station. In 1938, both Christine Sterling‘s China City (7 June) and Peter Soo Hoo et al’s New Chinatown (25 June) opened in what had until then been Little Italy.
Glendale‘s City Center (a chiefly British designation — although Portland provides another American exception) is in every sense a downtown as the actual geographic center of Glendale (thanks to numerous annexations) is located in the Verdugo Mountains. It was the center when Glendale was founded, however, and was designated “City Center” in 1935.
Walter H. Leimert developed City Terrace in 1923, believing that Los Angeles was moving east. It didn’t, and a century later, the community is still unincorporated. Until the 1940s, it had large populations of Japanese and Jews. Sometimes the hilly neighborhood is referred to as “the Mexican Alps.”
Civic Center replaced the original downtown, which by the 1900s had begun to migrate south to the “Historic Core,” leaving behind the neglected, Victorian-era “North End.” The first formal plan for Civic Center was made in 1909, the latest in 2017. For decades, virtually every new suburb was advertised by its travel time to and from the nation’s second-largest such district (after the one in Washington, DC).
CIVIC CENTER FINANCIAL DISTRICT
College Hills is Glendale neighborhood that’s home to Glendale Community College, founded in 1927 as Glendale Junior College. The residential community was mostly developed in the 1960s. Many of the homes were destroyed by serial arsonist and firefighter John Orr in 1990.
COLLEGE PARK ESTATES
Compton is a primarily Latino suburb of Los Angeles named after settler Griffith Dickenson Compton. Both presidents Bush lived there starting in 1949. In the 1950s, it became known for its barn dances and emerged as a center of Country & Western music. In the 1980s, it was known for producing electrofunk and gangsta rap acts. Today it’s home to is home to the Compton Cricket Club.
Cottage Grove is a micro-neighborhood within Adams Hill composed of just fourteen mostly Tudor Revival homes built between 1924 and 1928 and situated along Cottage Grove Avenue. The City of Glendale designated it an historic district in 2009.
COUNTRY CLUB HEIGHTS
Robert Marsh began selling lots in the Country Club Park tract in 1905 and later built his residence there. The suburb boasted access to two streetcar lines. Around 2012, the neighborhood council began calling the area Country Club Heights.
COUNTRY CLUB PARK
Covina was founded at the former site of the Tongva village, Weniingna. Covina was founded in 1882 by Joseph Swift Phillips, whose surveyor, Frederick Eaton, combined “cove” and “vine” to create its name. It incorporated as a city on 14 August 1901.
Covina Islands refers to an archipelago of neighborhoods composed mostly of single-family homes built in the 1950s and surrounded by the city of Covina. They’ve been so known since at least 1976.
CULVER CITY ARTS DISTRICT
Los Angeles is home to at least four designated arts districts. Despite its name, only 38% of the Culver City Arts District, lies within the borders of Culver City with 62% located within Los Angeles. Art galleries began to open in the area in the early 2000s. An artwalk began in 2006. Around 2008, it was designated the Culver City Arts District.
The Los Angeles Railway launched the Eagle Rock Line in 1895 and a streetcar suburb subsequently developed around its route along Cypress Avenue. The Cypress Park Improvement Association was formed in 1909. Local chains Yum Yum Donuts (1971), King Taco (1975), and El Atacor (1992) all started there.
Dearborn Groves is an entirely residential neighborhood centered on Dearborn Street. Most of the homes were built from the 1900s to the 1930s. The name was coined around 2019, with the formation of the Dearborn Groves Neighborhood Association.
DEER LAKE HIGHLANDS
DESERT VIEW HIGHLANDS
DOGTOWN [LOS ANGELES]
DOGTOWN [SANTA MONICA]
Downey was founded in 1873 and named after California’s first immigrant governor, Irish-born John Gately Downey. The first Taco Bell opened there in 1962. Downey Records had a 1962 hit with The Chantays‘ “Pipeline.” The Carpenters moved there in 1963 and lived in several Downey homes.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Hollywood was founded in 1887, incorporated as a city in 1903, but was annexed by Los Angeles in 1910. In the 1920s, however, people began referring to the bustling district around the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street as Downtown Hollywood.
DOWNTOWN INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT
DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
Downtown Pasadena includes within it Old Pasadena, the Civic Center, and the Financial District — as well as the surrounding area that includes within it Central Park and the Pasadena Convention Center.
DOWNTOWN SAN PEDRO
DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA
Duarte is named after Rancho Azusa de Duarte — an historic ranch named after the Tongva village, Asuksagna, and Mexican corporal, Andrés Duarte. Duarte’s largest ethnicities, today, are Mexican and Filipino. Its main drag, Huntington Drive, was historically part of Route 66.
EAST AZUSA (AZUSA EAST)
East Compton is an archipelago of two unincorporated areas surrounded by the city of Compton. Despite sharing no borders with Ranch Dominguez, however, in recent years it’s sometimes been referred to as East Rancho Dominguez, and East Compton Park was renamed East Rancho Dominguez Park.
EAST EATON WASH
Named after the Eaton Wash, a channelized stream named in turn after Judge Benjamin S. Eaton which runs along its western edge toward the Rio Hondo. Home to Vina Vieja Park, the Hastings Branch Library, the Boulevard Bar, and Pasadena City College Community Education Center.
EAST LOS ANGELES
EAST ORANGE GROVE
EAST SAN GABRIEL
EAST SAN PEDRO
East San Pedro refers to the area of Terminal Island, in the Harbor, that contains the Port of Los Angeles and a low-security prison. It was formerly host to numerous shipbuilding facilities, canneries, and a Japanese village called Furusato.
The East Village is part of the original Long Beach townsite and development of the area began in the early 1900s. By the early 2000s, it had emerged as Long Beach’s arts district, with galleries lining Atlantic Avenue and 4th Street.
EAST WASHINGTON VILLAGE
Unincorporated East Whittier is bisected by La Mirada Creek and home to Southern California University of Health Sciences, founded in 1911 (although its campus moved there in 1981). Most of East Whittier’s homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s.
THE EASTSIDE [LOS ANGELES]
THE EASTSIDE [SOUTH LOS ANGELES]
EATON BLANCHE PARK
Echo Park is named after the park created in 1892 on the site of the city’s former Reservoir No. 4 (now Echo Park Lake). The reservoir was created in 1870 by building a dam beneath the confluence of two arroyos, now entombed underneath the streets.
EL DORADO LAKES
El Dorado Lakes is a cookie-cutter condominium community developed by Bob Lintz and Bob Langslet in 1974, located on the banks of Coyote Creek and oriented around a shallow pond. It’s purported nickname is “the Lakes.”
EL DORADO PARK ESTATES
EL DORADO PARK NORTH
EL DORADO PARK SOUTH
EL DORADO PARK WEST
El Miradero is named after Missouri-born Leslie Coombs Brand‘s estate, built in 1904, and now the Brand Park and Library. A gallery and recital hall was added in 1969. Most of the surrounding neighborhood was developed in the 1920s and 1930s.
EL MOLINO ORCHARD
El Molino Orchard is a small residential neighborhood descended from a tract, El Molino Orchard Park, developed beginning around 1908. Most of the neighborhood’s predominantly single-family homes were built from 1890 through the 1920s.
El Pueblo is the neighborhood that formed the core of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, established by Spain in 1781. Its location was chosen due according to Las Leyes de Indias, with: near a reliable source of freshwater (the Los Angeles River), an exploitable workforce (the Yaangnavit), and sufficiently inland to avoid pirate attacks.
EL RIO (AKA LAKE)
EL SALVADOR COMMUNITY CORRIDOR
Home to the largest community of Salvadorans outside of El Salvador, there’ve been efforts for decades to get recognition for Little El Salvador. In 2013, 12 blocks of Vermont Avenue were designated the El Salvador Community Corridor.
Eldoradoville began as a gold mining camp established by prospectors at the confluence of the San Gabriel River and Cattle Canyon Creek in the early 1850s. By the end of the decade it boasted a boarding house, a blacksmith, a butcher shop, and other stores. At its peak, there were six saloons. Then, on 18 January 1862, the entire town was washed away by the Great Flood of ’62.
THE ELECTRONICS DISTRICT
ELYSIAN VALLEY (AKA FROGTOWN)
Faircrest Heights is a residential neighborhood developed in and after the 1920s. “Faircrest” is a portmanteau derived from Fairfax Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard. The “heights” exist only in the neighborhood’s name, which was coined around 2003.
THE FASHION DISTRICT
In the 1900s, Los Angeles Street supported several laundries, amongst other businesses. By mid ’20s, it was the heart of the Textile District. By the ’70s, “Garment District” was preferred. The Fashion District BID was formed in 1996 and the name stuck.
FERN ANN FALLS
Fern Ann Falls is an area northwest of Chatsworth that formerly hosted several ranches. Most homes were built in the 1970s until a gated community called Indian Spring Estates was developed in 1987 and comprised of charmless mansions with pools and tennis courts.
FILIPINOTOWN (BAYAN NG PILIPINO)
THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT
Florence is a community in South Los Angeles’s Eastside named after a prominent thoroughfare which was developed by 1887. The western half was annexed by Los Angeles on Christmas 1906. The eastern half remains unincorporated. Homes began to spring up from the 1900s-1920s. From the 1920s-1950s, Florence boasted a thriving black cinema district. The Crips were formed by Fremont High Schoolers in 1969 and it was also in Florence that founder Raymond Washington was killed in 1979. Florence is also home to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bethune, and Gage & Avalon parks as well as 61st Street Pocket Park. Today, Florence is mostly Mexican and nearly half of residents are immigrants.
THE FLOWER DISTRICT
The Flower District grew out of the merger of the Southern California Flower Market (established in 1912) and the Original Los Angeles Flower Market (established in 1919). A community arose after hundreds of wholesale florists sprang up around the market. The flower district bustles in the wee hours of the morning, with most vendors beginning business at 2:00 and things winding down by the time the public are admitted at 8:00.
The Ford Place subdivision opened in 1902. Homes were designed by architects Charles F. Driscoll and C.W. Buchanan. It became the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in 1947. It was added as the “Ford Place Historic District” to the National Register of Historic Places on 22 July 2010.
4TH STREET CORRIDOR
Long Beach’s 4th Street Corridor, also known as Retro Row, is a commercial district known for its antique and vintage clothing stores as well as the poet-hosting Portfolio Coffeehouse (est. 1990) and The Art Theater, an art-house cinema.
THE FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS DISTRICT
Gardena incorporated in 1930. It has the second-highest percentage of Japanese in California. Historically home to strawberry farms, it was nicknamed “Berryland.” Today, its nickname is “The Freeway City.” They still host an annual Strawberry Day Festival.
Andrew Glassell received part of Rancho San Rafael as a result of the Great Partition of 1871 lawsuit and established a streetcar suburb, Glassell Park, in 1906. He named Toland Way; and Drew, Andrita, and Marguarite streets after members of his family. He was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1827 and later co-founded the city of Orange.
GRANT (AKA CHERRY MANOR)
GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, WEST LOS ANGELES CAMPUS
GREEK TOWN (Γκρικτάουν)
Green Meadows acquired its name around 1864, when artesian wells there nourished alfalfa, apples, and dairy cows. Its character remained rural until the 1920s, when significant development began. It was annexed by Los Angeles in 1925.
GREENWOOD (AKA ALLEN)
The Hamilton subdivision was launched around 1904. It’s the northernmost neighborhood in Long Beach. Largely residential, it was mostly developed after the conclusion of World War II. Hamilton Jr High (now Hamilton Middle School) opened in 1967.
HARBOR GATEWAY NORTH
Harold is a residential community in the Antelope Valley developed in the 1980s. All but one of the streets of the community all have the name “Harold” in them: Harold Ash, Harold Beech, & Harold Dale avenues; and Harold 1st, Harold 2nd, Harold 3rd, and Harold 5th streets. No Harold 4th Street though, just Rozalee Drive.
Hawthorne was founded by B.L. Harding and H.D. Lombard‘s Hawthorne Improvement Company in 1905. It’s named after Nathaniel Hawthorne, who shared a birthday with Harding’s daughter. The city is famously the hometown of The Beach Boys, Emitt Rhodes, and a dead mall, Hawthorne Plaza.
Isaias Wolf Hellman was a Jewish immigrant from Bavaria who emigrated to Los Angeles in 1859. A major landowner, in 1881 he bought the land that includes the neighborhood which bears his name. In 1901, he co-founded the Pacific Electric Railway.
Free Methodists bought land from Ralph Rogers and established Hermon in 1903. Its name comes from Mount Hermon, in the Levant. Ebey, Coleman, Terrill, and Redfield streets are named after clergy. It’s also home to Albert Emmanuel Sederquist‘s folk art piece, the Hermon Car Wall.
Hidden Hills is a gated community in the foothills of the Simi Hills and Santa Monica Mountains. It was developed in the 1950s by A.E. Hanson with the slogan “where living is fun.” The primary ethnicity of inhabitants is Russian. The entirely residential suburb was the setting of a little-watched sitcom, Hidden Hills.
HISTORIC HIGHLANDS (AKA LEXINGTON HEIGHTS)
In 1966, after California State Route 138 was completed, Occidental Petroleum began promoting Holiday Valley as an investment opportunity with huge ads touting its proximity to amenities within a 35-mile radius. The ad campaign ended in 1972. The Lake Club House was put up for sale in 1976 and is today a community center. Around 2006 sellers began promoting it as Holiday Valley Estates.
HOLLYWOOD HILLS EAST
HOLLYWOOD HILLS WEST
HOLLYWOOD STUDIO DISTRICT
HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND
HOUGHTON MANOR (AKA JORDAN)
Idlewood Canyon is the name of both a narrow valley in the Verdugos and a very small neighborhood consisting of a dozen single-family homes nestled in the foothills and built along Idlewood Road in the 1950s and ’60s. The area was annexed by Glendale on 22 July 1921.
JEFFERSON PARK [LOS ANGELES]
The streetcar suburb of Jefferson Street Park (later shortened Jefferson Park) opened in 1888. After Shelley v. Kraemer (1948), the neighborhood became home to many Japanese and blacks from Louisiana and, on account of the latter, came to be nicknamed “Little New Orleans.” A Jefferson Park HPOZ was created in 2011.
JEFFERSON PARK [PASADENA]
THE JEWELRY DISTRICT
The community of Juniper Hills has existed as a few homes scattered on the north face of the San Gabriel Mountains since at least 1931. For thousands of years prior, the ʔívil̃uqaletem used the berries of juniperus californica to make porridge. The Juniper Hills Community Association was created in 1948.
Hi Duk Lee and Kil Ja opened Olympic Market in 1971. Three “Koreatown” signs were installed along Olympic Boulevard in 1980. Koreatown’s official borders were drawn in 2010, by which time it was both the most populous and most densely populated neighborhood in the city
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
LA CIENEGA HEIGHTS
LA CRESCENTA VALLEY
LA HABRA HEIGHTS
La Rambla is an unincorporated community surrounded by the neighborhood of San Pedro. When San Pedro was annexed by Los Angeles in 1906, La Rambla was not. It was then the site of the Gaffey family estate, Hacienda La Rambla, demolished in 1964.
LA TUNA CANYON
LAKE LOS ANGELES
In early 1910, just a few months after the land was annexed in the Colegrove Addition, developer James V. Baldwin began selling lots of his tract, Larchmont Heights. By the 1920s, most referred to the streetcar suburb simply as “Larchmont.”
Largo Vista is a very small community located north of the Largo Vista Road and Forest Service Road 4N07. Around 1932, a few cabins were built at the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley. A few more homes were constructed in the decades that followed but little else.
A small community along Lennox Avenue (now Boulevard) chose the name Lennox in 1912, around the time Lennox Station opened on Pacific Electric’s Hawthorne Line. Lennox Park opened around 1914. A streetcar suburb slowly developed although, over the decades, most has been annexed by Inglewood.
THE LINCOLN HEIGHTS AUTO GLASS DISTRICT
THE LINCOLN HEIGHTS BUSINESS DISTRICT
LINCOLN HEIGHTS INDUSTRIAL ZONE
LINCOLN HOWARD ARROYO FREEWAY
LITTLE ARMENIA (Լիթլ Արմենիա)
LITTLE BANGLADESH (লিটল বাংলাদেশ)
LITTLE BRAZIL (PEQUENO BRASIL)
LITTLE CENTRAL AMERICA (PEQUEÑO CENTROAMÉRICA)
Following US interventions in Central America; significant numbers of refugees settled in the neighborhoods of Pico-Union and Westlake in the 1980s, which came unofficially to be known as Little Central America or Pequeño Centro America by the early 1990s. Today, Los Angeles is home to the largest community of Salvadorans and Guatemalans outside of their respective home countries.
LITTLE ETHIOPIA (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ).
The seed of this thriving commercial enclave was Adolis (now Rosalind’s), which Fekere Gebre-Mariam opened in 1988. By 1995, the area was commonly known as Little Ethiopia (ሊትል ኢትዮጵያ). The city granted official recognition in 2002.
LITTLE INDIA (छोटा भारत)
LITTLE ODESSA (МАЛЕНЬКАЯ ОДЕССА)
LITTLE OSAKA (小大阪)
LITTLE TAIPEI (小台北)
LITTLE TOKYO (小東京)
Llano (Spanish for “plain”) is a town on the Pearblossom Highway. It was the site of socialist mayoral candidate Job Harriman‘s short-lived commune, Llano del Rio, launched in 1914 and abandoned in 1918, the ruins of which remain there.
LONG BEACH AIRPORT
Above Laurel Canyon is the neighborhood of Lookout Mountain. It was formerly home of the Air Force-managed 1352d Motion Picture Squadron who used it to make films for the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy Commission from 1947 to 1963.
LOS ALTOS NORTH
LOS ALTOS SOUTH
In 1844, Mexican cattle rancher Don Jonathan Temple built his Rancho Los Cerritos home near the historic site of the Tongva village, Amaungna. On 7 October 1906, the Los Cerritos Tract, a streetcar suburb on the Long Beach Line, made its debut.
LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS
Named after a 27 km2 ranch owned by Spanish settler José Vicente Feliz — although his family name was also spelled “Felis” and “Felix” before its standardization. Los Feliz was the first home of Disney studios and was later a hub of the swing revival scene. Today, Armenians comprise the largest ethnicity and comprise the plurality of the neighborhood’s foreign born.
LOWER ARROYO SECO
LOWER HASTINGS RANCH
In 1902, Charles H. Sessions founded the Lynnwood Dairy and Creamery, named after his wife, Lynn Wood. The suburb incorporated in 1921. It’s the hometown of “Weird Al” Yankovic (born in 1959) and home to Plaza México, built by Donald Chae in 2002.
Near the site of the historic Chumash village of Ta’lopop, Bertram D. Lackey and George Wilson created Malibou Lake by building a dam at the confluence of Medea and Trifuno creeks. Their country club opened in 1924 and a small community developed there. The original lodge burned down in 1936 but was replaced. In 1953, Ronald Reagan was appointed the position of “honorary” mayor.
Malibu Bowl is a residential community named after the geographic feature in which it is situated. The oldest of the roughly 100 homes were built in 1927. In the 1950s, Malibu Bowl was home to actor Lew Ayres, who played Dr. Kildare in nine films.
Listed in County literature as an unincorporated community perhaps referring to El Nido, above Malibu, labeled as “Malibu Hills” on many maps but not street level, where signs announce “El Nido.” Further south, in the city of Malibu, S. C. Potter, Richards & Ames subdivided Malibu Hills in 1926. The centerpiece was a 1000-gallon wishing well, said to have something to do with an “Indian romance.” Construction of the Malibu Hills Inn began in 1927.
Nestled in the Latigo Canyon above Malibu is Malibu Vista. The oldest home, built in 1928, has long served as the earth headquarters of the Ashtar Command & Galactic Federation of Light. Most neighboring homes were built in the 1970s-1990s.
MANCHESTER SQUARE [SOUTH BAY]
MANCHESTER SQUARE [SOUTH LOS ANGELES]
MARINA DEL REY
In 1953, a loan was obtained to redevelop a saltwater marsh covered with oil derricks. Eleven years later, Marina del Rey was dedicated on 10 April 1965. Developers envisioned a marina home to 30,000 residents. As of 2019, it was home to 9,852.
Melrose (also known as the Melrose District) is named after its famous thoroughfare, Melrose Avenue, itself named after a town in Massachusetts. It was paved in 1909. Most of the homes were built in the 1920s. It emerged in the early 1980s as a fashionable shopping area with boutiques catering to the new wave scene.
MID-CITY [LOS ANGELES]
MID-CITY [SANTA MONICA]
In the early 1980s, Santa Monicans began referring to an area framed by Colorado Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard to the south and Wilshire Boulevard to the north began as Mid-City. In 1982, Santa Monica Mid-City Neighbors was formed.
MIDEAST LOS ANGELES
Monrovia is named after Indiana-born developer William Newton Monroe. It incorporated, as a dry town, in 1887. In the 1920s, it was home to vegetarian socialist author Upton Sinclair. In 1936, however, Patrick McDonald opened a hamburger stand, the Airdrome there — the precursor to McDonald’s.
Robert A. Walton and J. Frank Walter began developing Montrose in 1910. Its name was chosen through a poll in 1912. Most was annexed by Glendale in the ’50s and ’70s. The 210 Freeway erased much of the rest. Today it’s usually attached by a hyphen to neighboring La Crescenta.
MONTROSE VERDUGO CITY
In 1963, filmmaker-turned-developer Russ Vincent and Al Hess premiered their Mount Olympus project; 700 homes in the rugged upper Hollywood Hills that had previously resisted development. The gaudy entrance sign is appropriately pretentious.
Nichols Canyon is named after John G. Nichols, Los Angeles mayor who was the first to expand the city’s borders. He was also the owner of the city’s first brick home. The neighborhood was later home to Father Yod, founder of the Source Family.
NOHO ARTS DISTRICT
The “triangle” of Norma Triangle, if not obvious, comes from its shape; formed by Doheny Drive, Sunset Boulevard, and Santa Monica Boulevard. “Norma” refers to a somewhat inconspicuous street, Norma Place. The name first appeared c. 1980.
NORTH CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS
North Cumberland Heights is an historic district designated in 2012 and consisting of single-family homes, mostly Spanish Colonial Revival, but also other period revival styles, built in the 1920s and ’30s by Arthur and Dan Campbell. There are also Ranch and Minimal Traditional homes from the 1940s and ’50s.
NORTH EL MONTE
North Pasadena is — unlike the similarly designated East Pasadena (an unincorporated community) or South Pasadena (an independent municipality) — a neighborhood in Pasadena. Almost exclusively residential, most homes were built in the 1920s or 1940s.
NORTH PASADENA HEIGHTS
NORTH UNIVERSITY PARK
The city’s first suburban rail line, the Main Street & Agricultural Railroad, began operation in 1875. A streetcar suburb, University Park, developed after. Preservationists formed the North University Park Community Association in 1980.
North Wrigley is a subdivision of Wrigley, a development created in 1905 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. It was primarily developed in the 1940s. It’s home to the Wrigley Greenbelt and the Streamline Moderne Cheney-Delaney Residence.
NORTH OF MONTANA
NORTHEAST CLAREMONT ISLANDS
NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES
The “Northeast Los Angeles” designation appeared at least as early as 1875. The Highland Park Addition (1895) and Garvanza Addition (1899) were Los Angeles’s first annexed communities. NELA 13, a local gang, provided the popular “NELA” acronym.
NORTHEAST SAN DIMAS ISLANDS
NORTHEAST WHITTIER ISLANDS
Northwest Whittier is a very small, unincorporated residential community located to Whittier’s northwest. It’s bisected and dominated by the San Gabriel Freeway. It’s also home to the Apostolic Church of Whittier.
NORTHWEST LOS ANGELES
Norwalk was founded by Atwood and Gilbert Sproul in 1874. It was largely settled by Dutch dairy farmers. Norwalk incorporated in 1957. Today the plurality of inhabitants are Mexican or Filipino American. Norwalk’s motto is “A Connected Community.”
NORWALK ISLANDS (AKA CERRITOS ISLANDS)
OAKDALE (AKA ROSEDALE AKA SIERRA BONITA)
THE OAKS [LOS ANGELES]
The Oaks is a mostly residential neighborhood located below Griffith Park. Its name is derived from streets within including Black Oak, Cayon Oak, Dell Oak, Green Oak, Hill Oak, Live Oak, Mountain Oak, Red Oak, Spreading Oak, Spring Oak, Valley Oak, Verde Oak, and Wild Oak.
Oaxacatown is a loosely-defined Midtown enclave, centered along Pico Boulevard, that’s home to many Oaxacan residents and businesses. It’s well known outside the Oaxacan community for its restaurants, like the Guelaguetza, Sabores Oxaqueños, and Las 7 Regiones De Oaxaca.
OLD BANK DISTRICT
Pasadena was named in 1875. By the mid-1960s, the town’s original city center was nicknamed “Old Town.” By the mid-1970s, “Old Pasadena” was more common. In 1979, the city board voted to designate the Historic Old Pasadena District. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
South of Olympic Boulevard, home to Queen Anne Park, and partly developed as the Brookdale Tract; residents chose the name, Olympic Park, c. 2002. Aside from Los Angeles High School, it’s mostly residential, with most homes built in the 1920s.
ORANGE GROVE VILLAGE
Pasadena’s Orange Heights tract was inaugurated in 1906. Most of the neighborhood’s single family Craftsman homes were built in the decade that followed. The Orange Heights-Barnhart Tracts Historic District was added to the NRHP in 1995.
PALOS VERDES ESTATES
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA
Paramount was created with the merger of two villages, Hynes and Clearwater, in 1948. It was known for its dairy and hay production. A camphor tree at the intersection of Paramount and Harrison, where the daily price of hay was set, is still known as the Hay Tree.
PARAMOUNT (AKA DAVENPORT PARK)
PARK LA BREA
Park La Brea (Spanglish for “The Tar Park” ) is a residential community in Midtown that was primarily developed in two phases. The first consisted of a 31-building garden apartment complex designed by Leonard Schultz & Son with Earl T. Heitschmidt in 1941. Eighteen thirteen-story towers designed by Leonard Schultz Associates with Stanton + Kaufmann were added in 1948.
PASADENA CIVIC CENTER
Pearblossom is a small town that, like Pearland, is named after pear orchards of the Antelope Valley. Most of the pears, these days, however, are grown near the similarly portmanteaued Antelope Valley town of Littlerock.
Named after the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. It was home to the Picfair Theatre, an art deco cinema built in 1940 that was operated by Joseph Moritz. In later years, it was a swap meet. The former cinema burned down in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
PICO DEL MAR
THE PIÑATA DISTRICT
PLAYA DEL REY
THE PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT
PORT OF LONG BEACH
The Port of Long Beach was founded in 1911. It was developed by the Los Angeles Dock and Terminal Company and built atop augmented mudflats at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. It was acquired by Long Beach in 1916. Today, it’s the second-busiest container port in the US, after the Port of Los Angeles.
THE PRODUCE DISTRICT
Quail Lake is a sag pond on the San Andreas Fault that was turned into a 197-acre reservoir for the California Aqueduct. Most homes in the area are abandoned and the Quail Lake School lies in ruin. There is a Spanish Colonial style phone booster station, built in 1929. In 1942, developer Glaucus E. “George” Kinsey acquired an old hunting lodge and converted it into the still extant Neo-Classical style Kinsey Mansion, completed in 1946, complete with private airport, Quail Lake Sky Park.
Luis Gonzaga Policarpo Manuel Antonio y Fernando Domínguez‘s still extant adobe was completed in 1826. Today, all residents of the industrial community live in one of two trailer parks: Del Amo Mobile Home Estates (1942) and Dominguez Hills Estates (1980).
RANCH PALOS VERDES
Rancho Park was named by Bill Heyer, who opened his real estate office there in 1927. In 1947, Felix Figueroa (a pseudonym of Freddy Martin) released the song “Pico and Sepulveda” about an intersection there. A gap exists there in the Exposition Line Bikeway thanks to NIMBYs.
RANCHO SAN RAFAEL
Renaissance Square was developed as several tracts, including Allen Rhea, Alta Vista, Hawkeye, MacDonnell, Metcalf, Trissler, and Young & Parmley. “Renaissance Square,” which sounds likes the name of a multiplex, is as far as I know a recent coinage, entering usage as recently as 2005.
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES
ROSE PARK SOUTH
ROSSMOYNE HISTORIC DISTRICT
SAINT ANDREWS SQUARE
Saint Francis is a north Long Beach neighborhood which has within it the winding St. Francis Place which, along with the homes that line it, was developed in 1968. Most of the neighborhood’s homes, however, were built in the mid-1950s. St. Francis was a 13th-century mystic and animal lover, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone (better known as Francis of Assissi).
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS [LOS ANGELES COUNTY]
SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS [GLENDALE]
The northernmost neighborhood of Glendale stretches from Deukmejian Wilderness Park up to the 1,547 meter-high peak of Mount Lukens (formerly known as Sister Elsie Peak). The area was annexed by Glendale as the Inter-Valley Ranch Annexation on 24 April 1975.
THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
SAN RAFAEL HEIGHTS
SAN RAFAEL HILLS
SANTA CATALINA ISLAND
SANTA FE SPRINGS
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
The Santa Monica Mountains is a mountain chain that extends from the Channel Islands to the Los Angeles River’s west bank (where they’re more widely known as the Hollywood Hills). The name also refers to the westernmost region of Los Angeles that includes Malibu and other communities.
Saugus is named after the Massachusetts hometown of Henry Newhall, who established a ranch on land formerly home to the Tataviam village of Chaguayanga. Saugus was one of the four communities (the others being Canyon Country, Newhall, and Valencia) that merged in 1987 to create Santa Clarita, in which it’s now a neighborhood.
Too similar in name to Bassett, in 1899, the town of Barrett was renamed Sawtelle after Pacific Land Company manager William E. Sawtelle. It incorporated in 1906. Historically home to many Japanese, it was later nicknamed Soteru (そてる). It was annexed in 1922.
THE SEAFOOD DISTRICT
After American-Mexican William Wolfskill died in 1866, his former vineyard and orange orchards were subdivided as the Wolfskill Orchard Tract. Adjacent to both the railroad tracks and Little Tokyo, by the 1890s it was developing into the Seafood District. Today it’s still dominated by wholesale markets and cold storage facilities.
SEMINOLE HOT SPRINGS
7 STREETS EAST
Although represented by a neighborhood association, there’s not much information about 7 Streets East. It’s home to the corner of the CalTech campus that includes the Page and Ruddock Houses, as well as the Hale Solar Laboratory.
Silver Lake is named after Water Board Commissioner Herman Silver and titular reservoir that began operation in 1906. By the 1940s it was a hotbed of Mid-century modern architecture. By the 1950s, it was known as Los Angeles’s gayborhood.
THE SOUTH BAY
Builder Spyros George Ponty and architect Alan Ruoff began building Spanish Colonial Revival homes “South of Carthay Center” in the 1930s. In 1984, South Carthay was designated the city’s second Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).
SOUTH DIAMOND BAR
South Diamond Bar, also known as The Ranch, is an agricultural zone owned by City of Industry — although they do not share any border. It’s home to the Firestone Boy Scout Reservation and scattered oil wells and other ruins but no homes or commercial properties.
SOUTH EL MONTE
SOUTH LAKE DISTRICT
SOUTH LOS ANGELES
SOUTH MONROVIA ISLAND
SOUTH PARK [DOWNTOWN]
In 1970, the Philadelphia planning firm of Wallace, McHarg, Roberts & Todd created plans to revive Downtown. They included South Park Urban Village, centered around the Los Angeles Convention Center and a 50-acre park with a lake. There is another neighborhood known as South Park since 1899 and the park was never built but the name stuck. Today it’s home to L.A. Live and the Staples Center.
SOUTH PARK [SOUTH LOS ANGELES]
SOUTH SAN GABRIEL
SOUTH SAN JOSE HILLS
SOUTH OF CONANT
SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES
The “Southeast Los Angeles” designation has existed since at least 1902 to refer to the suburbs located between the Los Angeles River in the west; Coyote Creek in the southeast; and the Repetto, Montebello, and Puente Hills in the north.
Indiana-born citrus magnate & developer William S. Sparr‘s Sparr Realty Corporation began operation in 1922. A streetcar suburb, Sparr’s offices were converted into a streetcar station. Today the building is the Sparr Heights Community Center.
STARR KING (FREEWAY CIRCLE)
The streetcar suburb of Laurelwood was founded in 1910. It was annexed by Los Angeles in 1915. The Mack Sennett Studio opened there in March 1928. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and other studios followed suit and by June, the area was known as “Studio City.”
In 1946, Melvin Ray Grubbs and the Sun Village Land Corporation began advertising the Sun Village development in The California Eagle, a black newspaper. The Sun Village Parks Assn. was formed in 1958. Jackie Robinson Park was dedicated in 1965. The Mothers of Invention commemorated the community with “Village of the Sun.”
Near the site of the Tongva village, Tuxunga, the Monte Vista Hotel and Sunland (then a nickname for Southern California) post office both opened in 1887. Eventually, Sunland won out as the name for the surrounding community although, by 1928, it was often connected by a hyphen to Tujunga as Sunland-Tujunga.
The Loftus Land Company began subdividing farmland formerly owned by the Mayberry and Meyer families into suburban Sunshine Farms in 1926 followed by Sunshine Acres and a public golf course in 1928. It was mostly developed in the early 1950s.
After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Los Angeles emerged as home to the largest Iranian population outside of Iran. By the mid-1980s, a stretch of Westwood Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhood became colloquially known as Tehrangeles (تهرانجلس). The city has yet to recognize it as such but did designate an intersection within the neighborhood as Persian Square in 2010.
Temple-Beaudry is where the first oil was discovered in Los Angeles, in 1892. Eventually the neighborhood had over one hundred oil wells (one remains active today). In the shadow of downtown’s skyscrapers, the dusty, dirt alleys of Temple-Beaudry are still patrolled by roosters. Architecture is a jarring mixture of Victorian (the oldest home is from 1880) and contemporary. The neighborhood’s Vista Hermosa Natural Park is one of the city’s most charming.
THAI TOWN (ไทยทาวน์)
Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Thai people outside of Thailand. New Hollywood Plaza, completed in 1980, became a hub of Thai Los Angeles. Thailand Plaza opened next door in 1992. In 1999, the city recognized the area as Thai Town.
Movie studios may’ve ditched Hollywood decades ago but there a small theater district has been known as Theatre Row, since at least 1976. Today it’s often referred to as Hollywood Theater Row to differentiate from other local live theater districts.
Jared Sidney Torrance founded Torrance in 1911. “Torrance” is derived from the Gaelic “torran,” meaning “hillock.” Torrance is home to the nation’s 2nd largest population of Japanese, behind Honolulu. Torrance is home to many Japanese American business and the headquarters of several Japanese companies. Koreans are the most numerous foreign-born.
THE TOY DISTRICT
Hongkonger Charlie Woo opened ABC Toys in 1979 whilst pursuing a physics degree from UCLA. Soon, toy sellers from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam followed suit, and “Toy Town” was born. It was later designated The Toy District.
Tropico began with a Southern Pacific depot of that name in 1887. It was known, among other things, for its strawberries. Part of the town was annexed by Los Angeles in 1910 what remained incorporated in 1911. In 1918, however, Tropico was absorbed into Glendale.
Twin Lakes Park was a private resort and resort community with a Mayan Revival architecture theme designed by Robert Stacy-Judd and developed by Gerard and Walters. Two lakes were created by damming Browns and Devil canyons and were stocked with bass and perch. The streets were named after various Native American peoples. In 1927, 750 lots of George W. Haight‘s ranch were put on sale. By the 1930s, though, roads remained unpaved, sewer undeveloped, and lots were slow to sell. Lawsuits were brought against the developers in 1933. Raymond Lake was drained in 1948 and the lower lake went dry. A fire in 1970 destroyed half of the homes but some Maya-style structures remain, along with the old dams. The rustic character took a hit when the 118 highway was extended along its edge in 1975.
Two Harbors is located on the isthmus between Banning Harbor and Catalina Harbor. Historically it was the site of the Tongva village of Naayxoxar. In 1864, the Army sent 83 soldiers to establish a camp there, now the basis of the small village.
UWAMACHI (宇和町 AKA UPTOWN)
UNINCORPORATED LONG BEACH
Unincorporated Long Beach (formally designated Increment 152) is a small, residential area centered along Harco and surrounded by the city of Long Beach. Within it are single-family homes, almost all of which were built in 1954, Woodruff Medical Plaza (1978), and Cypress Point (2005).
UNINCORPORATED SANTA CLARITA
UNIVERSITY PARK ESTATES
UNIVERSITY PARK NORTH
UNIVERSITY PARK WEST
UPPER HASTINGS RANCH
Development of this master-planned community began in 1967. 59 residential developments known as “villages” are connected by bike-and-pedestrian paths called “paseos.” The California Institute of the Arts moved there in 1971. It merged with four other communities in 1987 to create Santa Clarita, today the county’s third most populous city.
The Southwest Land Company began developing Vermont Square, a streetcar suburb, in 1907. Next to the titular park is one of the city’s three Carnegie libraries, built in 1913. Most of the neighborhood’s bungalows date from the 1900s-1930s.
Much of Vermont Vista was developed in the early 20th century as the Sunny Side Tract in 1905. It was annexed by Los Angeles as part of the Shoestring in 1906. It was named Vermont Vista by the Eighth District Empowerment Congress in 2001.
Vernon is a “phantom city,” that is, a city almost without a population (just 112 in 2010). Like other phantom cities, Vernon was created as a tax shelter and cover for noxious businesses like chemical plants and slaughterhouses such as Farmer John.
Villa Vista was originally mostly developed as part of Crawford’s Orange Grove Avenue Tract although a portion was developed as the Villa Vista Tract. Most of Villa Vista’s homes were built in the 1910s and ’20s although the oldest is from 1895.
VINEYARD [LOS ANGELES]
The Los Angeles Pacific Railroad extended a line to Vineyard Junction in 1907. A train collision in 1913 left fourteen dead. Most of Vineyard’s homes were built in the 1920s but the arrival of Sears Pico in 1939 and Midtown Shopping Center transformed it into an area of big box stores and surface parking lots.
WASHINGTON SQUARE (AKA CLEMENTE HEIGHTS AKA HEATHER HEIGHTS)
Two tracts above the town of Sherman, Sherman Heights (1907) and Shoreham Heights (1922), form the basis of WeHo Heights. “WeHo” emerged as a nickname for West Hollywood around 1992 and the “WeHo Heights” designation appeared by 2008.
WEST ADAMS [HISTORIC]
WEST ADAMS TERRACE
WEST ARCADIA ISLANDS
Development of unincorporated West Compton mostly took place in the 1940s. By the 1960s it was a mostly black community — then unlike Compton. The industrial west was mostly developed in the 1960s and ’70s. Despite its location to Compton’s west, developers have promoted it as West Ranch Dominguez since the 2000s. By the 2010s, it was the last black majority community on South Los Angeles’s Eastside.
WEST LOS ANGELES
WEST LOS ANGELES CIVIC CENTER
WEST PARK TERRACE
WEST POMONA ISLANDS
WEST PUENTE VALLEY
WEST SAN DIMAS
WEST TOLUCA LAKE
WEST VILLAGE (WEST GATEWAY)
Paul W. Trousdale launched the Westdale Village tract in 1947 on former bean fields and citrus orchards. Architect Allen Siple designed the homes in a variety of styles, including American Colonial, Monterey Colonial, and Regency revival as well as Ranch.
THE WESTSIDE [LOS ANGELES]
THE WESTSIDE [LONG BEACH]
THE [SOUTH LOS ANGELES]
WHITE FENCE FARMS (EL DORADO)
Alta California governor Don Pío de Jesús Pico built his home, El Ranchito, here in 1853. German Jacob F. Gerkens built a cabin c. 1860, the foundation of a quaker colony named after poet John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier incorporated as a city in February 1898.
Bounded the Puente and Montebello hills, various rivers flow through the Whittier Narrows area. The Tongva had several villages in the area, including Isantcagna and Peruksngna (“place of the running water”). It proved less suitable for permanent structures. The Spanish built the first mission there in 1771 but was washed away by a flood in 1776.
By the mid-1890s, the Wholesale District began to coalesce in the southeast corner of Downtown next to freight train lines. Today there are neighboring districts dedicated to bongs, electronics, garments, piñatas, produce, seafood, and toys; and the Wholesale District is slowly being absorbed into the Arts District.
WILLMORE (EASTERN PARKWAY)
Willow-lined brooks and streams covered marshland here until the 1940s, much of the community was developed. Today it’s known as the home of Magic Johnson Park (and several smaller parks) as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.
WILSHIRE VISTA HIGHLANDS
The oldest homes in Winnetka date back to the 1910s but development really took off after the establishment of the Weeks Poultry Colony on 14 July 1927. In 1987, residents of eastern Canoga Park voted to rename their community after Winnetka Avenue.
Near the historic site of the Tataviam village of Jucayubit, counterfeit Persian rug salesman/developer Victor Girard Kleinberger founded the community of Girard in 1923. In 1939, the Girard Country Club was renamed Woodland Hills Country Club. Residents of the community decided to rename their community Woodland Hills in 1941.
In 1909, residents of New York Valley petitioned to change New York Street to York Boulevard due to misdirected mail and the community afterward became York Valley. In 1922, York Valley forsook its distinct identity and joined Annandale, Garvanza, and Hermon in the Greater Highland Park Association. Garanza and Hermon later regained a measure of their distinct identities.
By the 1950s, Hollywood and Yucca Corridor went into steep decline. By the 1980s, it was a hotbed of cocaine dealing. Roads were blocked, cameras installed, and a park was created. In 2007, a Los Angeles Times writer described it as a “hip urban district.”
The Zaferia tract was established in 1906 as a streetcar suburb amongst fields of mustard and sugar beets. Pacific Electric’s Balboa Line (1906-1950) opened the same year. Zaferia had saloons until it was annexed by dry Long Beach in 1920.