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Tell us what Gardena means to you

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


i love living in gardena, i have raised 2 kids here and truned out to be ok,rowley park is one of the best parks in the city and the people there are great,keep up the great work,135th and wilton pl.

— dee
October 7, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.

Bornin Gardena, lots of good memories,I miss the bus straight to the beach, now i live in Everson Wa. Great schools here

— Diana
July 24, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.

I lived in Gardena for 27 years and I miss all of it I miss the pastrami sandwich and all the seafood there. now I live in Albuquerque,NM and we have none of the foods I like. miss Gardena.

June 20, 2011 at 7:12 a.m.

need stronger police presence in the neighborhoods. Kids getting bolder.

— jerry
May 19, 2011 at 7:54 p.m.

The gardena area seems to be getting worse as the years pass. it used to be very nice and peacful but it is highly invlolved with crime. young teens fall for the wrong crowds and absolutely change. it is sad to see parents dont see their children getting invloved with negativitey. instead of moving out of that area to further their education and stay away form the crime violence they stay and mess up.

— drl
May 6, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

I like Gardena. Feels like South LA in the north, and a suburban J-Town in the rest. Because someone has to, I administer a Gardena Facebook page for all interested parties:

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

Gardena is a good place to live. It is diverse and the people are mostly friendly and good neighbors. The downside is the City Government. They take red tape bureaucracy to a whole new level. The City forgets that they are supposed to be working for the people. The Building and Business Development Departments in particular. Arrogance, an unwillingness to listen, and most importantly, a general attitude that they don't have to listen to their residents is completely unacceptable. It's no wonder to me the amount of unpermitted building going on in my area.....trying to do things right in Gardena is just too hard.

— Seadog
January 21, 2011 at 11:07 a.m.

gardenaa is wassup yall . gardena highh alll day!!!!

— hanakinerss
January 17, 2011 at 5:22 p.m.

I love the 'dena. A multicultural community where people respect one another and get along. I love that you can find the best teryiaki, Korean bbq, Mexican food and of course, Guilianos all within close range. The downside is that the apartment buildings tend to harbor too many hood rats but, those in homes show a great deal of pride in property maintenance. I miss living in Gardena and California.

— Ofathada
November 27, 2010 at 3:53 p.m.

Gardena is a vibrant multicultural community. Hispanic, Asian -American, African American and white middle and working class families. I feel comfortable living here because humble nonpretentious people live here. There are some really great schools here and my neighbors are respectful and proud homeowners. I am glad my children are being exposed to people of different backgrounds. The downsides are that we are closer to the inner-city and some of the crime boils over to the Gardena borders. We are not a sheltered community and are very aware of the need to practice safety measures.

— Good Neighbor
August 30, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.

was a very nice middle class town up thru 1970. l a city school district bussing issue was in play and started white flight. plus other economic issues, illegal immigration, and crime caused people to move. many relocated to orange, san berdo, san diego, riverside counties. many more to nor cal and out of state. not to many old gardena families left in town. visited once some years ago. giuliano's deli on gardena bl is still the same. but the old gardena is lost forever in time. i saw this in inglewood, hawthorne, torrance, lomita and san pedro. what they were are just memories now.

— whos who
August 29, 2010 at 3:09 p.m.

gardena sucks and is boring

— who
June 14, 2010 at 4:54 a.m.


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