District Tour

Huntington Park - “City of Perfect Balance” 

In 1902, Henry Huntington extended a line of his Pacific Electric Railway line through a region of South-East Los Angeles, earning the name “Huntington Park.”  Early developers of the city desired Huntington Park to become a commercial center and way station for the transport of goods between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Today it is a predominantly Hispanic community home to over 61,000 citizens in three square miles of Southeast Los Angeles.  Approximately 30% of its residents work in nearby factories located in the adjacent city of Vernon.  Pacific Boulevard is a thriving commercial strip serving as a major retail center for working-class residents of Southeast LA County.

A weekly certified farmers market is now hosted at Salt Lake Park (opposite the Recreation Center on Bissell Street) every Wednesday from 9am-1:30pm.

Vernon - “Exclusively Industrial!”

The City of Vernon is an industrial city of 5.2 square miles located just five miles to the southeast of Downtown Los Angeles and was founded in 1905 as the first exclusively industrial city in the Southwestern United States.

Vernon currently houses more than 1,800 businesses that employ approximately 50,000 people, serving as a vital economic engine in the region. Offering an environment uniquely friendly to business, Vernon is home to industries including food and agriculture, apparel, steel, plastics, logistics and home furnishings. Vernon maintains strong philanthropic ties with the neighboring communities where much of its workforce lives, providing significant financial support for public services like health care and education.

Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights is a working-class, predominantly Mexican American, youthful neighborhood of almost 100,000 residents east of Downtown Los Angeles in the City of Los Angeles. The district is home to more than twenty public schools and ten private schools.  There is also a historic area—Breed Street Shul that enjoys a Jewish presence and community engagement.

Downtown Los Angeles

Pico Union

Pico Union is the fourth most populated community in LA with over 42,000 residents.  Historic in character and undergoing a renewal program, it was one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles and is now home to some of the most historic buildings in the city.   In August 2012, the City of Los Angeles designated a portion of Vermont Avenue in Pico-Union as an El Salvador Community Corridor and parts of Pico-Union are also being considered to be designated as a Central American Historical District.

Westlake

Westlake is a residential and commercial neighborhood in Central Los Angeles developed in the 1920s, though many of its elegant mansions have been turned into apartments alongside the construction of many new multiple-occupancy buildings.  Westlake is a high-density area, with a young and heavily Latino population hosting a score of primary and secondary schools. The region is well-known for its restaurants.

Beginning in 2002 the Los Angeles Police Department and business and community leaders led a revitalization effort that has led to the installation of surveillance cameras, the opening of a recreation center, increased business, a new Metro station, and large community festivals attracting thousands.

Koreatown

Koreatown is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, around Western Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.  When Koreans began immigrating in much larger numbers in the 1960s, they found housing in the mid-Wilshire area and many opened businesses as they found a more affordable cost of living and tolerance toward the growing Korean population. Los Angeles is home to the largest number of Koreans in the world just after Seoul, South Korea.  Many of the historic Art Deco buildings with terra cotta facades have been preserved because the buildings remained economically viable for the new businesses.

It is the most densely populated district by population in Los Angeles County, with some 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles. Koreatown also has the highest concentration of night-life businesses in the city, attracting many visitors outside of the community.

The community is complex and impacts areas outside its traditional boundaries, reaching beyond the Korean spheres while business owners are now connecting to the Latino community. Koreatown is an increasingly diverse neighborhood, one-half of its residents are Latino and one-third are Asian, as the city strives to grow with equity— with residents from all backgrounds and social classes advancing together.

East Hollywood

East Hollywood is a densely populated neighborhood of over 78,000 residents in the central region of Los Angeles. Home to Los Angeles City College, Paramount Studios and a hospital district, there are also seven public and five private schools, in addition to a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library and three hospitals.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo, also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese-American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. The district was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995. It is one of only four official Japantowns in the United States, all in California (two are in San Francisco and San Jose in addition to Sawtelle located in West LA) and is the cultural center for Japanese-Americans in Southern California.  Little Tokyo serves mainly as a work, cultural, religious, and shopping district for Japanese-Americans, offering another cultural flare in the middle of an industrial city. 

 Here you can find the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center adjacent to the Japanese American National Museum.  In August, you can also find the Nisei Week festival filled with parades, music, and beautiful art.

Hancock Park

Hancock Park is a historic and affluent residential neighborhood in the central region of the City of Los Angeles and the Greater Wilshire area. Built around the grounds of a private golf club and developed in the 1920s, the neighborhood features architecturally distinctive residences.

It is low density, with a majority Caucasian and highly educated, older-aged population of approximately 10,600 people. Most of the residents are home owners with four private and two public schools in the area.

Adams-Normandie

The Adams-Normandie district of Los Angeles is a 0.81-square-mile neighborhood within the South Los Angeles area. It is notable within the city for its high density of 21,948 residents, its youthful population, and the high percentage of immigrants.  At the turn of the 20th century the area was one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious communities. Subdivided in 1902, the location attracts many socially prominent individuals seeking suburban ambiance adjacent to the downtown area.

Larchmont Village

Larchmont Village was developed in the late 1800s in the Greater Wilshire area. By 1920, it had become a street car suburb of Los Angeles.  Now, it’s a densely populated, highly diverse, half-square-mile neighborhood in the central region of the City of Los Angeles, where more than half of the 9,195 residents were foreign-born.  Larchmont is notable for its quaint old-town shopping street and well-maintained historic homes, leading to its popularity as a site for motion picture shoots. It has four schools and one small park.