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Well i can honestly say that the city of Hawthorne is loosing its touch but at the same time it has so much potential once a real city of good neighbors ,but people these days are turning it in crap starting with city hall and the police department ,hopefully the new mayor

steps it up and takes back the city to the way things were if not better ,there needs to be more attractions that bring the city money and tourist like the mall that's been sitting there since the la riots in 1992 as ar as neighborhoods Hawthorne really doesn't have a bad "Ghetto" side like i said there is so much potential still i see some great looking neighborhoods there ,,,to all my fellow neighbors in order for a change we have to want it.

i still recommend people to move here.

— Jhon
March 3, 2012 at 6:26 a.m.

I lived in Hawthorne my whole life (35 years). Pros: close to the beach, freeways, and everything else you can think of. Hawthorne is smack dab in the middle. Cons: Full of disrespectful people. Don't get me wrong, I love Hawthorne but 80% of the people that live in Hawthorne have no respect for each other or themselves. I see adults throwing trash out of their vehicles onto the public streets a daily basis. Or they are pulled over right on the street like they own it. Rather than saying "Hi" when you look at them they give you glare as if you did something wrong and want to start a fight. However, the homeowners (such as myself) understand that we need to keep our city clean and want our kids to grow up in a nice and friendly environment. So if you live in a residential area you're fine. Stay away from the part of the city with apartments.

— Leo
January 4, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.

My wife and I moved here in the summer of 09 from Central FL. Diversity makes Hawthorne #1 in my book. Going to the beach it's so white it makes me want to vomit and I am white. Proximity to all kinds of ethnic foods in Gardena and proximity to the El Segundo industrial area are key. Oh and over here I can afford to rent a 3bd house with a garage and a yard with room for a garden. On the beach we'd be crammed in a closet or have 6 roommates. We get the great ocean breezes but don't have the morning haze nearly as long.

Down side... hmm we did have a bicycle lifted from our back yard, but it wasn't locked up so we were half at fault there. That's pretty much it. We love Hawthorne.

— Tom
September 29, 2010 at 10:10 p.m.

Since moving to LA County in late 2008, I've lived in Santa Monica (rent too high), El Segundo (rent too high, airport too noisy), and Hawthorne. My employer is an animation studio in El Segundo so my commute from Hawthorne takes only 10-15 minutes driving and I can save about $400 per month on rent vs. living in El Segundo.

I haven't had any trouble with crime, though the middle school aged kids around my apartment building get really loud sometimes.

From what I've seen living here about six months, Hawthorne has no character and no attractions, but it's close to Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo Beaches. It's close to the 405. If you live near Hawthorne Blvd you can walk to some shops. I think I'll eventually leave because I feel no inspiration from this place, but, for the present, it's a safe enough, affordable place to live.

— Louis
June 20, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.


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