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East Los Angeles

Tell us what East Los Angeles means to you

  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


East Los Angeles is really not what it is perceived to be. Not everyone is in a gang. Not everyone is out to hurt you. Most of the people I know are on their way to four year universities, including myself. East LA really is a great place and people should stop judging the community so much.

— Garfield HS Senior
June 8, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.

I was born in E.L.A., went to Brooklyn Ave, Griffth Jr. High, and Garfield and served in U.S. Army. "This is the villiage that raised me". I know people that live in the I.E. but drive to E.L.A. to eat burittos and Pan Dulce (why did you leave?). I am truly Born and raised in E.L.A., though it has changed so much-but the history is too rich to leave behind. Go Bulldogs!!! Love my city.

— Jesse
May 6, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.

feel right at home

— me
April 18, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Born and raised in East L.A. for 25 years now and love the people and authentic hispanic food that you can't get anywhere else. went to East L.A. community college got my A.S. degree in criminal justice. Enlisted in the Marines and now fighting the war in Afghanistan. Can't wait to come home to the place that made me, East Los.

— Jason Ramirez
February 11, 2012 at 9:47 p.m.

A beautiful, famous neighborhood absolutely bustling with pride and friendly locals. I administer a Facebook Page for East LA for all interested.

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:21 p.m.

i love ela the best city for all mexicans to feal right at home

— gonzalez
March 18, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.

East LA is my home. I love this place so much. I've grown up here, and I never want to leave here.

— Junior Escamilla
February 24, 2011 at 4:17 p.m.

Well I was born and raised in East Los, I went to Montebello H.S. I now live in Palm Springs. But let me tell you I miss my home. I haven't been there in like 10 years. I want to go just to see if it's changed any. It was fun and theres just no place like home! The only down side is when I tell People I'm from E.L.A. they think I'm a chola or was one. And thats not the case just cause you were born in East Los does not mean your automatically a chola/cholo. I am educated both from books and the streets. Yup it makes me stronger! =)

— MS
February 17, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.

I was born and raised in east la. I graduated from garfield high school in 2006 and im graduating from cal state long beach in may of 2011. I love this neighborhood cannot wait to move back and see my family and friends. This place shaped who I am today, humble and true to my heritage.

— Gomez
November 15, 2010 at 10:37 a.m.

Born and raised in East Los Angeles. I graduated from GHS and now attending CSULA.The area is quiet, not what people perceive of East L.A. to be in movies.

Cons: tagging and a number of people who find it difficult to throw away their trash in a trashcan.

— Ela
October 10, 2010 at 5:44 p.m.

The people are friendly, love the street vendors, restaurants, the sense of activism, the culture that represents the old home and the new one, and so much more.

— Felicia Martinez
June 11, 2010 at 10:40 p.m.

Bought my house here in 2010, the area is quiet, not what people perceive East L.A. to be. I'm on the border with Commerce and there is a lot of shopping places, Target, Kmart, Ralphs, movie theatres all within 10-25 minutes driving some are even within walking distance.

— VP
June 11, 2010 at 2:36 p.m.

have lived here for 25 years, raised a family here, good schools, an active constituency, small town feel in the midst of a big city.

— sal valdez
June 7, 2010 at 11:40 a.m.

East LA is where i was born and raised, and where I bought my current home. Pros:-Streets Aren't Congested like the west side. -Affordable housing -Plenty of parking - The laws/codes are more relaxed -Changing for the better - Major freeways nearby

-Cons: Not a lot of entertainment places, shopping centers (but this might be a good thing sometimes) -Somewhat dirty streets/tagging

— U
June 7, 2010 at 10:46 a.m.

East Los Angeles

is an unincorporated area in the Eastside region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Alhambra, Boyle Heights, Commerce, El Sereno, Montebello, Monterey Park and Vernon.
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East Los Angeles is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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