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Harbor Gateway

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


What I like about living in Harbor Gateway is that you are close to the beach and freeway. I do my shopping and spend my leisure time in nearby Torrance, Redondo, and PV, but have a more affordable home in the Gateway. The South Bay in general is great because you are centrally located between LA and Orange County.

— Publius
July 13, 2012 at 12:46 a.m.

I bought my house here a couple years ago and now regret it. I am in that narrow Harbor Gateway strip where your legal address is Torrance but according to Torrance government, you are not a part of the city. You are a part of LA and therefore must deal with LAPD, LAUSD, etc. I am just realizing this today after trying to get the city government and police to care but no one cares about this neighborhood. Not the residents, police, or local government. It's reflected by the trash, graffiti, crime, etc. I was born and raised in LA County but have never had to deal with this kind of bs that I have to deal with here.

— M
July 5, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.

been living here since '96. i grew up here and yes there's alot of gang crime the city pays no attention to the neighborhood, and you've got working class people. the gangs and lack of education among the residents gives this place a bad rep, which is bad for those of us who live here and are actually good, productive citizens. i wish there were more recreational/outreach programs for the residents and their kids, seeing as we cannot use the resources for either Torrance or Gardena since we are not considered true residents. It's a shame because that's essentially where our problems lay. the kids have no support, no background, and no sense of accomplishment, so they stay on the streets.

— p.
October 24, 2011 at 10:35 p.m.

i left in '92 moved to las vegas. i missed my family. not the area anymore i come visit but feel dirty

— perry
August 13, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.

Harbor Gateway is an average place to live but the biggest problem is apathy. In the south part of Harbor Gateway there is a neighborhood council and there is a meeting every second Thursday of the month at Halldale Elementary School. I like my fellow Harbor Gateway neighbors would like to see a better quality of life. Come on folks let's get involved and demand more from our city officials.

— Olivia
February 10, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.

I live in the area since 1992. There is crime everywhere you go, i understand some places are worst than others but if parents try to get their kids busy and out of trouble it would be much different. I lived by the Normadale Park and i always had my boys involved in sports, my husband and I were their #1 fans always involved, as to other parents on the team they didn't even know their own kids game schedule, they were never at the games, it was always the same 4 sets of parents helping the coach transporting all the kids in the team and making sure they had snacks for every game. Some of us even pay for the kids in the neighborhood to join the team because we wanted them to stay busy doing good things and not getting in trouble. Harbor Gateway can be a nicer place to live if parents were to take charge of their kids and making sure they are doing the right thing. My boys are now teenagers and they are real good kids. "Parents don't loose control of your kids and don't allow them to take control of you." You need to be involved in your kids lives, your roof your rules.....

— Resident
December 15, 2010 at 2:18 p.m.

Lived in the gateway from 1963-1990. Back then we called it the "County Strip". It was a mix of rural and small family owned businesses. Horsemen like my Dad were leaders in 4-H. The 90502 zip is the ugly stepchild of Los Angeles. The city puts no money into it and as a result, crime has escalated. Building codes go unenforced; crime is rampant; not a place to raise children. Moved my Mom and handicapped brother out in 2001. A gangfight left bullets in their front porch, garage door, and even the planters. Looks okay during the daytime, but don't go out after dusk! Now I'm leaving Torrance as I see the same decline happening on weekends aroud Del Amo mall. My nephew was attacked at the AMC Theaters on Crenshaw last year and the staff just watched gang members beat up on security and they were afraid of jumping in. Sad to see these lovely areas decline like this. I leave for Oregon this fall.

— Former Resident
June 4, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.

I lived in the Torrance area of the Harbor Gateway from 1977 to 1982. I always felt safe but there were a lot of drugs and gangs in the area.

May 21, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.

i love my neighborhood

218 BLOCkkk

— chunks
April 27, 2010 at 9:09 p.m.

I grew up in this area. Too much graffiti and crime. Moved away when my children became teenagers. Took them to the country in Nevada. I saved their lives.

— linda
March 13, 2010 at 6:29 p.m.

I love the Harbor Gateway. Although the area where I grew up was for the most part poor, I never thought of it as a bad area. It is still shocking to note that almost nobody I know of has heard of the Harbor Gateway, with pretty much everyone thinking they live in Gardena or Torrance.

— John Sam
March 10, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.

It is centrally located in the Los Angeles Basin, and is no more than 20 mins Downtown,San pedro, LAX, Manhatten Beach, Cerritos, Long Beach, folks have to realize how fortunate that is!

— Larry
January 19, 2010 at 4:34 a.m.

I think I will move here. Sounds very nice!

— Eric
December 31, 2009 at 8:22 p.m.

The Harbor Gateway is a great place to live the crime rate is very low.The people are friendly.

As far as helping the Enviorment they even have a local Green drop off spot that recycles all old TV, Phones,Computers for FREE

702 west 139th street

— Ray Washington
September 10, 2009 at 8:51 p.m.

We have lived in Harbor Gateway now for almost 3 years. Our patch of it isn't too bad, the population is quite diverse. There are ghettos a mile north and a mile south of us. It is hard to define as there is quite a bit of variety in this skinny neighborhood.

— Aaron
September 4, 2009 at 1:30 a.m.

Dreadful place, get out if you can

— BC
August 28, 2009 at 9:46 a.m.

I understand the police coverage in this area is unsatisfactory. Often the law enforcement jurisdictions are confused among the locals.

— Eddie
August 19, 2009 at 11:57 a.m.

It only exists to provide continuity to the harbor.

— Chris
August 15, 2009 at 9:17 a.m.

This section of the city is very unique. I lived here for the first 15 years of my life. For years my mother and grandparents thought they lived in Gardena (despite paying the DWP and having the LAPD and LA City Fire respond to emergencies). Most people in this area are either clumped to the Gardena or Torrance zip codes which make the residents think they live in those respected cities and not Los Angeles.

— Michael
June 9, 2009 at 2:44 p.m.

Harbor Gateway

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Harbor region of Los Angeles County.
This neighborhood includes Unincorporated Harbor Gateway in its area and statistics.
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