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I once heard the area I'm in referred to as the Ass End of Melrose. Very fitting. Think about it. Melrose is a literal toilet as you pass Western and head towards the interstate. The filth, graffiti, broken down ugly buildings, trash and furniture is everywhere. Something my father once said while driving down a rough area of my home town... "this place could use a nice big fat tornado during off hours and force a rebuild". Or a giant wrecking ball.

— Michelle
July 28, 2012 at 3:25 a.m.

I just moved to E. Hollywood from Downtown for the price, but i must say: It is up to us citizens to keep the streets safe and clean, we will not get the help we need from our city, and the police can only do so much, and the streets can only be so clean unless we all take the time and organize together as a community to start cleaning up our neighborhoods, also making sure we let those few know, we are not scared. Yes we are new to the community but we feel we have a responsibility to protect and serve our fellow neighbors that just want to live in a safe neighborhood. Everyone wants to party but no one wants to clean up, if we took the time to clean our blocks and keep a good eye out for our fellow citizens, then we can bring our blocks one step closer to having a safe neighborhood.

— Myk
February 16, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

Grew up in East-Hollywood and lived in the area for 39 years. It was bad in the late 80's and early 90's. It was very nice for a long time, up until recent months. I noticed the decline started a year ago. Graffiti, prostitution and gangs are making a visible climb back into the neighborhood I love. I'm a family Man who had to make a rough decision recently and I moved out. Barnsdall Art Park, Vista theatre, Los Angeles City College, Griffith Parks Ferndale and many more landmarks will be missed. It's sad to see my old stomping grounds over run by pimps, prostitution and little gangs.

— Michael
June 8, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

Grew up here...still live nearby...family still lives here. Has changed over the years, I would say for the better, BUT that also means gentrification. Mom and pop shops are still around, which is good. If I could afford to buy a property here I would definitely do it.

— RX
May 5, 2011 at 11:44 a.m.

I love it that the L.A. times is now mapping the city. It is very helpful to see this type of important info on a map to understand the dynamics of the city. East Hollywood needs services. I grow up here and I have seen the neighborhood change through the years. There is blight and a lack of leadership. We are overshadowed by the crazy development in koreatown which seems to be changing as well (mostly a lot of new buildings and restaurants). In East Hollywood, which is right next door, the environment, gangs, violence, empty lots, graffiti is still prevalent and the new huge buildings are not helping the neighborhoods to strive. The buildings are not bringing jobs or social services. Only money to the rich developers. That makes me sad and eager to create awareness about the gentrification going on in these two areas.

— Rosalyn Escobar
February 8, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

I love my neighborhood because of the diversity of people, cultures and languages of all my neighbors. The diversity of restaurants and stores from different cultures is so cool. There are so many large supermarkets that I can even take advantage of all their specials by driving from one store to the other. I can drive to my favorite clubs and places in less than half an hour. I love Los Angeles.

— Roberto65
November 19, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.

Its the neighborhood I live & grew up in ( the biggest move I've made has been across the street). I <3 E.Ho.

The only thing that REALLY bugs me are the jerk offs who have no respect for people on bicycles (which totally scares me & makes me not to ever want to ride my bike out in the street). Oh & what's the deal with people going south bound on Normandie Ave. running red lights (at any point during the day), honking your horn does NOT mean you have the right of way when approaching a red light. I've seen too many close calls with pedestrians as well as other vehicles (even delivery vans run the red light's a lot on Normandie Ave.). So for you safety be extra vigilant on that street people. Oh, & watching the prostitutes playing traffic directors on Sunset & Normandie in the early a.m. (0530-0630) are funny to watch. Its funny watching them run for this one white van that picks 'em up at the end of their shift on sunset, but it does not stop, so they have to run & jump in. Its funny to watch them run & try to jump in the van while wearing ridiculously high heels or holding them in their hand. I know I'm evil, but its a funny sight.

— Kat
October 10, 2010 at 1:42 a.m.

i must say 800's of mariposa active all-day! other than that pretty chill place,east hollywood women are great food is near and great as well,plenty options to choose from as well as red line nearby.

— SLIM
September 30, 2010 at 2:26 p.m.

I prefer EHo to Silverlake, Los Feliz, and Hollywood proper. Marouch. Square One. Jitlada. Scoops. Orange 20. Bike Kitchen. Cafecito Organico (coming soon). Metro Red Line. Barnsdall Park. That's enough to keep me happy. Just wish the crotch rockets wouldn't blow down the boulevards so late at night. And fellow neighbors, please, do not discard trash on sidewalks, in the streets, or in the parkways. There is a better place for it.

One last thing:

Listen up Mr. Villaraigosa, WE NEED MORE TREES IN EHO! Thanks.

— Mikey G Sauce
September 9, 2010 at 12:29 p.m.

Been living here for the past 13 years and I gotta say I have loved this place.

Never really called it East Hollywood since I'm practically a block in from the dividing line between E-Ho and Koreatown. Always called it North Koreatown, but now I guess I can call it East Hollywood.

Love the food, the people, and the closeness to the red line so I can go to North Hollywood or Downtown whenever I want.

Been noticing the hipsters but I don't really care for them, as long as they don't cause too much of a ruckus.

Great place to live in, and very close to a whole lot of stuff. Rent is going up like crazy though, hope that trend doesn't continue.

— J.L
August 15, 2010 at 6:55 p.m.

wee need more police service in this areea of vermont ave,beverly blvd and wilshire blvd.

white people become very scare to walk to neighborhood ,because to much hispanic gangs violence there.

please mr.governor arnold schwarzenegger we need your help urgent...

not all the white people can't afford the rent to live in santa monica where is safe....

wee love our communty here,and please make our neighborhood safe to be safe communtiy for hispanic and whites...

wee come to america because is the greatest country in the world,and wee don't deserve to live in fir...

thank you for all your help and support..

— NATASHA PAPLEUKO
June 30, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.

I am product of East Hollywood. There is no other place on the face of planet that has more languages spoken and cultures represented per square mile than East Hollywood. East Hollywood is the "Melting-Pot" of the Western United States. I love East Hollywood!

-Sam Kbushyan

— Sam Kbushyan
June 9, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.

Nobody mentioned the swap meet every weekend at the LACC parking lot. The best Korean BBQ is inside of a sushi restaurant (California bowl) on Melrose and Vermont.

— M.V.
April 13, 2010 at 1:56 p.m.

It's a pretty nice hood overall. I live on the 500 block of N. Kenmore Ave. You can walk to the Metro, Taco Trucks, Liquor Stores, and Bakeries. In addition there have been 51 homicides in January in L.A. and only 3 of them have been within a 2 mile radius from where I live.

— E.Escobar
February 4, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.

I've was born and raised in this neighborhood. Born at the Hollywood Hospital, always been here. Growing up here, I remember wishing I lived somewhere else. Going to school in the valley, the differences between here and there gradually became apparent. Lots of shootings and muggings. Probably not the best route to safety, considering my mother's mugging in broad daylight in front of the Braille Institute.

It wouldn't be accurate to say I learned to love it. It just became a teensy bit better. Most of the neighborhood looks the same; it's just that the hipsters couldn't afford the hiked up cost of living from our neighbors Silverlake, Los Feliz, nicer Hollywood, and so on...

Consequent to the move, we've seen the openings of a few picks here and there on Hel-Mel, the open and close of Freakcity LA on Berendo, the addition of cool murals here and there, and the convenience of the metro stations.

...other than that, its still the same 'ol that I grew up in.

— Maria Alvarado
January 3, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.

I lived in East Hollywood for the 5 years I lived in L.A. (back in CT now). It not a bad place to live. Lots of stuff to see and do close to my place. It was annoying when the police chopper would fly over my place during the good parts of my shows, but I did enjoy the sense of community. It was starting to swank up a bit when I decided to move. I was paying $795 for a 2-bed 2-bath apartment in my building, a new family moved in at the opposite end of the building, identical apartment for $1200! Two art galleries and a cafe opened just before I left too. But I still miss it there sometimes!

— Shawna
November 29, 2009 at 9:50 a.m.

I've was born on Manzanita Street in East Hollywood in 1963 I've went to Los Feliz Elementary,King Jr High ,John Marshall H.S. I've have seen a lot of changes over the years! But I must say that it has become trendy to like in Silver Lake/Franklin Hills ,and the property value has gone through the roof since my parent build my house in 1963

— andrew duran
October 24, 2009 at 1:02 p.m.

I recently moved here from Santa Monica. I found a bungalow near Western & Fountain. Close enough for me to skateboard to the Red line and get dropped off right in front of LACC where I am a 1st year student.

I enjoy the diversity of people who live here. When I get hungry and want take out... I have a lot of choices from Thai, Korean, taco trucks, you name it. The 99 cent store is within walking distance and talk about a funky parking l0t that place sits on. Plus I always see the same black dude peddling watches, but a couple of weeks ago LAPD had him against 99Cent store wall arresting him. Oh well.

Yeah, I hear the loud helicopters at night, and around the corner from my house on La Mirada near Western there seems to be a homeless encampment going on the sidewalks. But otherwise, they don't bother me. My little complex of 10 fits me right, its clean, well kept, and my neighbors are chill. Say all you want about East Hollywood but I chose to live here and find it suits me perfect!

— R. Murphy
October 14, 2009 at 2:55 p.m.

I've been living in East Hollywood since the age of 5...I love this place.

Oh, and hey "Brad" (the Ohio kid), the first rule of being a hipster is to never admit to being a hipster...you fail.

— SMEAR
October 5, 2009 at 5:43 p.m.

My neighborhood near Melrose/Western has been part of a tug-of-war in these posts. While we call it Koreatown, when I get a blank look from people who've never heard of K-Town, I say "Southeast corner of Hollywood."

A comment that this neighborhood can be great or terrible based on the current rental mix. Loud helicopters, a few shootings in the past 2 years, couches and trash on sidewalks, bitter immigrants who don't like Americans (so WHY did you move here?), and a complete disregard for laws and personal property are the current standard.

BUT -- one problem apartment just got evicted, a few short sales are in progress, some decaying houses are being fixed, and things are looking up! Access to so many freeways, and "secret" underpass shortcuts, makes this area fantastically central. Rents are still mostly reasonable, especially now when everything is negotiable and landlords want to keep "good" people in place.

If you're thinking of moving here, have a sense of adventure and stay at least 3 blocks away from the 101 for the stretch. There is a growing revolt among "good" residents, leading to a strong neighborhood watch. If you do something squirrely here, LAPD will show up in force. (The whistles from rooftop lookouts confirm it.) Drug dealers have mostly moved on. Still a few problem halfway houses, mostly south of Beverly. Korean business owners know their survival is dependent on "hipsters" (educated people with money I suppose) and they're getting nicer, but still have minimal ownership over the amount of trash they generate.

— Kim Hong
September 12, 2009 at 12:05 p.m.

I just moved to East Hollywood from out of state and I could immediately tell it was one of the highest density population areas of the city. The traffic, especially driving into Hollywood, is intense compared to everywhere else in LA.

There's definitely a high concentration of hipsters due to the affordable rents. Kasier Permanente is really close.

It kind of reminds me of parts of Northern New Jersey or the dirter parts of Queens, but with palm trees and cactus plants.

— Kelly
August 30, 2009 at 10:43 a.m.

Over it! This place is loud, noisy, with gangs, including shootings. There are constant street vendors walking and driving around and in the mornings your garbage has been tossed and bags torn open by the scavengers.

The neighborhood is filled with people who don't really care about the upkeep but that only seems to invite the hipsters more.

Hel-Mel is the new name of 'East Hollywood', officially knows by the post office as 'Oakwood'.

My neighborhood boasts a local nut house (literally the mentally ill live there), a halfway house (filled with great guys nonetheless) and drug dealers.

I have lived here for over 13 years during that time there has been 4 shootings, 2 street brawls, countless drag races, innumerable visits from the fire department to name a few.

But Altacatl is great and so is Scoops.

— HollyNative
August 18, 2009 at 12:25 a.m.

I love this little slice of LA that I live in. It's quiet enough to while the stress away and loud enough (sirens from ambulances and medical choppers heading up Vermont to Hospital Row on Sunset) to remind me that I live in the city--and one of the greatest ones in the world, at that! I've been living in LA for about 8 years now and the last 4 have been in East Hollywood. The hidden gems? Big Jim's Donut Shop on Melrose and Vermont. It's reassuring to know that it'll always be there for me in the morning. Family Arcade in front of LACC empties the pockets but the fun, loud, and bright distractions are always worth it. Zanku is always a staple and Island Pacific on Vermont is an awesome repository of Filipino snacks and ingredients. East Hollywood's a great place with the frequent bus service down Vermont and the close proximity to the Red Line. It'll be sad day when I finally move on to another part of LA but I'll always look back with fond memories.

— Anton Dizon
July 26, 2009 at 12:58 a.m.

With regard to atmoshpere, I feel that the northern border of East Hollywood between Normandie and Hillhurst is really Franklin...But in any case, East Hollywood for me emblematizes one of the best qualities of L.A.: Its cosmopolitan nature. Where else can you find--just a quick walk down the street--really authentic Thai, Armenian and Salvadorean food in the same block, and at great prices?

Landmarks? Barnsdall Park (F.L. Wright Hollyhock house); L.A. City College

Hidden treasures? The Thai Elvis, who performs at Thailand Plaza; Sanamulang Grocery store (for South East Asian ingredients); Zanku Chicken--East Hollywood is surrounded by other neighborhoods with many more hidden treasures which are only minutes away.

Good place to live? Central location; good access to public transportation; great food; very international; most amenities close; close to Griffith Park and Glendale.

Downsides? Street parking can be difficult; some parts are noisy on weekend nights (police helicopters, ect.); a little gangbanging, but not much; needs more small, neighborhood parks; because of its location, rush hours make certain intersections very congested.

Other info? Don't go to any other place for Thai food--you'll pay too much and the flavors will be subdued; try the Colombian restaurant on Melrose near Normandie; commercials areas are good for just walking and exploring, such as just about all of Vermont; across Vermont from LACC are billard halls and arcades, apparently inspired by students from some countries where pool is an integral part of college life. Just up the street is a movie theater which shows current hits all in Spanish.

— A. Videra
June 30, 2009 at 9:46 a.m.

I have been calling my old LA neighborhood E-Ho as long as I can remember.

It's good to see that some people agree. I'm stuck in the I.E. for the moment but I visit the area often. E-Ho is home to the Altacatl Restaurant, grab some Pupusas here if you're into good authentic Salvadoran food. The Palm is good if you need a Thai food fix, but they have moved from E-Ho a few blocks west to Hollywood proper.

— Paul Guijarro
June 3, 2009 at 2:39 p.m.

East Hollywood is the place my Salvadoran parents settled in as well as where I was born and raised. It boasts a diverse population, 3 metro subway stops, numerous hospitals, the historic Barnsdall Park, the Cahuenga Library, Los Angeles City College, and so much more. We do, however, need PARKS!!!

— Jesse Melgares
June 3, 2009 at 10:29 a.m.

Wow...I knew my girlfriend and I (white, hipster, poor, LA transplants) were in the minority, but I had no idea we stick out THAT bad!

Sure beats Ohio though. And I'm not complaining about being a 3 minute walk away from authentic falafel, tacos, AND thai!

— Brad Lacke
June 3, 2009 at 8:35 a.m.

East Hollywood

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Little Armenia, Melrose Hill and Thai Town.
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