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Downey is AMAZING!!! Love this Island. @OscarsWorld_

— Oscar
May 28, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.

DOWNEY is not perfect, but I was happy living there for 20 some yrs. SYLMAR in the SFV is home now. I MISS DOWNEY !!!!!!

April 27, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Love Downey, moving back to the west

— Desoto
November 18, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.

Miss that place, coming home soon

— Jacob Johnston
October 20, 2011 at 6:25 a.m.

This thread reads like the work product of a public relations firm hired to "re-brand the city" (see city website). It is remarkable how "proud" these several commenters are based on their own false identity compared to the other comments in this section from other adjacent cites. As a resident in Downey for 10 years, I think this false pride by these sock puppets has permeated what I believe is a provincial, insular, apathetic and UN-engaged populace which, except for the self congratulations and cheerleading by city officials does not really differentiate itself from any of it's more humble neighbors. In short, it is FAKE. Discourse is not welcome here! This is usual (and perhaps "special) to Downey! If you don't think this is true, just try to say anything negative - whether constructive or not. The reason they don't show crime statistics is because their is no crime and no crime prevention (beyond petty crime and wrangling the high school kids "grab and run"). Where exactly the 60 million dollars goes that the police consume every year is anybodies guess. It is the classic inferiority complex. Downey is captured by outside forces both economically and politically. The veritable beacon on the hill of southeast LA county.

June 21, 2011 at 9:59 a.m.


— A. Yung Mann
May 10, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.

Had A Job assignment in Southern Cal. Lived in Downey for two years 85-87. I really miss that city.

— Roman Zukowski
February 19, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.

I have lived here for 2 years and my daughter was born here its a beautifull city and me and me wife love it.

— Allan Perez
November 12, 2010 at 2:11 p.m.

Downey seems to be in the middle of Southern California. I live there but work in Irvine, I can drive within a 28 mile radius of my house and almost see everything, the beach, the mountains, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Angels Stadium, and Dodgers Stadium.

Downey is a great little community with great private (St. Marks Episcopal Elementary) and public (Downey High School) schools. We have our own mall, large open shopping center, NASA museum, Movie Studio, and plenty of recreational Parks. Downey has a nationally ranked AYSO and girl softball programs.

And by the way, the Carpenters were from Downey...

— Matthew Curtis
August 17, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.

Born and raised here. Still live here. A really great community with many active participants. It truly is a gem of a city in LA county. No excess here. Simple city living without the drama. There are lots of proud downey residents, and that's what keeps it a nice city to live in.

— Jorge
August 6, 2010 at 12:39 p.m.

I am a happy lifelong resident of Downey. Recently, there's been a lot of real estate and business growth in the city. Good schools, nice homes, diverse/ affluent community. Also,the community is in a great area - central to Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County.

— Buster
July 27, 2010 at 6:18 p.m.

I was raised in the city of Downey and never had any problems with crime or drugs, its beautiful city where I would raise my children.

— Rob
July 26, 2010 at 4:10 p.m.

It's a rather quiet place to live. Coming down the 5 freeway from downtown LA, it's the first decent city to live with a long heritage and the oldest operating McDonalds in the world.

No drama here, good police enforcement, and a lot of new chain-stores coming in to town (like Fresh and Easy). It's like a hidden gem, some areas even have multi-million mansions.

— Alex
July 14, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.

Downey is a great place to live. There is a small town atmosphere within a much larger region. The rivalry between the two major high schools is a testament to this fact. There have been recent efforts to bring more retail to the city by redeveloping the old NASA site as well. After years of decline it seems that through the leadership of the city council Downey is on an upswing. Porto's is opening in Downtown Downey soon, BJ's recently opened with the highest grossing opening day of any BJ's, other new restaurants are opening, and even without Tesla there is immense potential at the former NASA property in the center of the city.

The population is pretty diverse though there is a large presence of middle-class 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanic residents. Many are originally from South Gate, Huntington Park, etc... but decided to move to Downey for safer streets, better schools, and well-kept homes. I am looking forward to the positive momentum this city seems to be going in.

— Matt Stafford
June 15, 2010 at 12:32 a.m.

I grew up and lived until recently in Downey. Downey is a great community with lots of things to do. I think one of the greatest things about Downey is the diversity within the community and the city willingness to keep up with modern changes. Though Downtown Downey has aged and is unappealing steps are being made to renovate it and bring in more businesses. The schools are exceptionally well and like lots of small towns around the nation the Downey High and Warren high rivalry is one that appeals and moves the city.

— Kenneth D. Castillo
June 7, 2010 at 3 p.m.


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