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Yes, we are in the middle of everything. And for a long time I thought I was in mid-city especially since there is a mid-city sign on the next street over lol. Maybe the City of LA needs to get their signage corrected.

It's pretty nice to hear the old stories of how it used to be. Sadly, it's no longer like that. I have lived here for over 18 years and have seen a huge change. The gangsters that have always been on 3rd and 4th Avenues have expanded and moved to the nearby streets. The tagging that goes on is so disrespectful and I wish those taggers would go tag on their momma's face and their own property instead of vandalizing others! They really upset me. Just up the street from me, we have a "family" that moved in full of gangsters (the PD has actually been there several times with guns drawn). I can't wait until they get kicked out. If it wasn't for taggers and gangsters, this area would be even better. What's worse is that rent levels are so high that it makes it hard to move anywhere else. The kids can still go out and play, but there is no way they are out there without an adult since you just can't trust people anymore. The cops don't drive around as much as they used to.

On the plus side, the Lowe's that is being built is a huge addition since it'll only be like 10 minutes from me.

— Vicky
May 16, 2011 at 10:44 a.m.

Its great to hear people talk about this area, im only 22 and ive grown up here all my life, we are in the middle of everything. I gues it has change alot, even just the last 5 years or so, I would like to know more about how it was before the 90s.

— Jesse
June 22, 2010 at 8:37 p.m.

Ive lived in Arlington Heights for the past 6 years and it is a convenient location, close to Hollywood, Beverly Hills and downtown. Its in general a pretty quiet area (depending on the street) with nice neighbors and a very diverse mix of people. I fell in love with the old craftsman and victorian homes in the area many of which have been restored.

— Alan
June 7, 2010 at 7:39 a.m.

This was a great area to grow up in during the 1970s and 1980s. Between Arlington and Crenshaw are the avenues - 2nd through 12th. Each avenue had so may kids that we routinely scheduled football and baseball games between avenues. The games would take place at Second Avenue Park (neutral ground across the freeway) and Mount Vernon Jr. High. We also were in little league at Queen Anne Park. Many of the kids I grew up with in Arlington Heights are today doctors, business leaders, policemen, firemen, and responsible parents. Not many of them returned to the old neighborhood as I did, but every once in a while I see them bring their children back to show them the old hood.

— Paul
May 27, 2010 at 9:27 a.m.

@Mike- Sorry about your dusty ball. :)

My parents and their best friends were the owner/operators of Arlington Bowl. It was actually on Washington Blvd near Arlington. The alley had 8 lanes,

the first ball returns in the area, a bar, pool table, pinball machine and a jukebox. Oh, and a restaurant where my mom turned out the best burger and a hot bowls of noodles. (Talk about asian-american fusion cuisine)

Some of my fondest childhood memories surrounded the bowling alley and all of the incredible people that patronized the business. I will say many of them were family but even if we weren't related everyone there was an "Aunt" or "Uncle" to me and my siblings.

One of the greatest experiences of my young life was being exposed to the diversity of LA. and represented beyond the doors of their business was every ethnic group. I was told that before they took over the business it was and Whites only establishment. Clearly the previous owner gave up the notion of continuing a Whites only business as he leased the business to Japanese Americans. My asian

parents were partners with a white couple and together

they ran an amazing business open to ALL people.

It may have been quite the MOM&POP and honestly that

was the beauty of it all. Before they had to close their doors, unable to keep up with the bigger lanes like Mid-town and Holiday Bowl they made a lot of people happy and they gave me and all nine of their children memories

that will never fade.

BTW, we grew up on Crenshaw Blvd- between Pico and Venice so that will always be home.

— Maggie Antoine
April 30, 2010 at 12:23 p.m.

Anyone remember Arlington Bowl? It was on Venice between Arlington Avenue and I think it was 2nd Ave. (I lived on Arlington Ave. We moved there from Boyle Heights in 1962.) The bowling alley had either four or six lanes, can't quite remember. And, my ball had a ring of dust around it after just three games. Dark, dank, and creepy, my mom and I used to walk there to bowl ocassionally. Our main alley was Midtown Bowl. We also went to Holiday Bowl. Once in awhile, Western Bowl, on Western Avenue. I still remember Pup n' Taco on Western and 9th (or was it Olympic?). The first Sizzler Steak House close to our neighborhood opened on Western too. Delicious! I am going way, way back now. My friends grew up on 6th Ave. The houses there are nice. The architecture says "L.A."

— Mike
April 17, 2010 at 4:14 a.m.

Matt, I feel for you my homie! What is so sad is that the best years of my life were spent growing up here, and now it is completely different. Winchell's Donuts is still there, but Jackson's Burgers is gone; the tiny mom and pop on Arlington and Venice is long, long gone; El Vaquiero, a home turned restaurant that made delicious food, is gone from the corner of Pico and Arlington. At least the homes on Country Club Drive have held most of their splendor, but the rest of the neighborhood just doesn't look or feel like home anymore. At least Hollywood Park and Santa Anita are still around...for now. And, I still love the Lakers, Dodgers, and Rams...yes, the Rams! Never got into hockey but if the Kings are winning then I'm grinning. Went to Staples twice; once to see LeBron vs. Kobe in '06 and once to see Lisa Leslie that same year. I live in Honolulu now, but I miss L.A. the way any person would miss home. Someday, I will return!

— Mike
April 9, 2010 at 12:18 a.m.

I was raised in the area now referred to as Arlington Heights. I went to Arlington Heights elementary school and Mt. Vernon Jr. High which is located right next door. In the early 60’s we would walk back and forth to school with no problem. We had a Safeway market and plenty of decent food outlets. I was thrilled when a McDonalds opened on Western and 18th Ave in about 1970. I was shocked when I learned the price of a Big Mac was 69 cents. How could they possibly charge that much for a burger, was my thought at the time. My folks bought a huge two-story house on Wilton Place for $16,000 in 1960 and I lived there until I was an adult. The neighborhood changed as did all of Los Angeles. As a child the house next door was occupied by one family of four. As they grew old and sold the house, each successive resident had more and more people in the house. By the time I left the area, there were at least 20 people in the same house including chickens that would run through my mom’s flower beds.

I moved to Pasadena many years ago and often I return to the old neighborhood to look around. The area has lost much of its charm. Too many apartment buildings and cars on the lawns, too many grown men with apparently nothing to do. Too much graffiti on the walls along Washington Blvd. The Korean businesses that began along Olympic have spread south towards Washington. Not that that is a bad thing, at least they are not selling more liquor, tacos, 2 for 1 pizza or car insurance for unlicensed drivers as seen on Western and Washington.

I kind of wish I had not sold my family home many years ago, but then I know I would not be happy in the area in it’s present condition. I still have a soft spot for those beautiful homes just north of the freeway between Western and Arlington. But the congestion, lack of jobs and amenities, crime and the overall hell-hole feeling make re realize that I would not be very happy there now.

— Matt
March 4, 2010 at 5:43 p.m.

I grew up in this area in the 60's and early 70's. Had a great childhood in Arlington Heights. The place has changed a lot. What I liked about it was its close proximity to downtown, Hollywood, the Forum (Laker games), the airport, Midtown Bowl, Sears Roebuck, and easy access to the freeways.

— Mike
October 22, 2009 at 8:47 p.m.

For a while, I thought I lived in Mid-City or West Adams. I now know it's Arlington Heights.

As you may see from the map above, Arlington Heights is not a big area, but we do have hidden treasures and that is the historical housing. This area is great for dog walks because you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful architecture from the late 1800s to the early 1920s.

Unfortunately, there are not any hot spots in this area. There is one main church-Saint Paul, which everyone goes to. There are a few schools, and a small cozy library. However, if there is one cool thing in this area, it's the Eureka Cafe. I just remembered they have a sign that says "West Adams" cafe...they should probably be informed that it's Arlington Heights :)

— Judy
August 13, 2009 at 10:38 a.m.

Arlington Heights

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Country Club Park and Western Heights.
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