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I grew up in Highland Park, from the late 50's, til we moved away in 1972. We actually had the best of the best and there was never any threat of violence, except we'd speak in hushed tones about 'The Avenues' and the 'interlopers' coming up from Lincoln Heights. Yes, People's Dept. Store, 5 and 10 Kresse's, Ivers, See's Candy, Thom McCann, Karl's shoe store and Maury's shoes, ....Who could forget Fosselman's Ice Cream Parlor? Right next door to the Highland Theater? Remember the Fall carnival at Highland Rec. Center? I doubt they do that anymore because of the so called violence...Back when, HP was just like Mayberry town, USA where everybody came together and nobody really knew what race was, unless it was a relay race....Wish those of us who were raised there in that era, could go back, if only for just 1 weekend :)

—  N. Ave 52 Ruled!
August 10, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.

I grew up in Highland Park, attending the original buildings for Burbank Jr and Franklin. I lived on San Pascual, which was a wonderful place to be. We used to play in the polywog (sp) pond and walk the horse trails. I knew sisters who used to live in "skunk Hollow" when there were no other houses there. They would sit under the big old oak trees, which at the time were right next to a stream. The area has decade a great deal since I grew up there, which is unfortunate. The area is so close to everything.

— Vickie Hand Root
May 24, 2012 at 12:08 a.m.

HP has great freeway access (110, 5, 210, 134) so you can get anywhere. Good local merchants. Lots of big supermarkets nearby. Neighborhoods are quiet and neighbors pretty much leave you alone. Except for the recession, homes have appreciated in value and it's true; people buy and improve their homes. This raises the value of all of the homes in the neighborhood. Cool place to live.

— Kevin
March 11, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.

I love HP. Living here your close to everything downtown,enterament and there isn't that much crime here. We as a community need to take care of HP from people tagging our schools , library and and public places

— jose vidrio
February 2, 2012 at 9:45 p.m.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find information on the economy in Highland Park? I am looking to find information on what new businesses have opened up in the last few years.

— JJ
January 21, 2012 at 4 p.m.

I grew up visiting my grandmother every weekend and Summer Vacas'. Great times with my cousins down Ave 50 and Monte Vista, Walking distance to Fidels Pizza and not to far from Felerios. As the years gone by since 88 I must say HLP has grown in such a way that I am looking foward to moving there after the Police Academy. Love you HP!

— Anthony
November 18, 2011 at 12:08 a.m.

It's such an interesting place. I've lived all over L.A. County and chose HP after getting a job downtown. I wanted a place to learn about different cultures, experience different people, and wanted to witness gentrification at its best. The gang bangers are cool with the hipsters, and the hipsters are cool with the gang bangers. Funny thing though: the gangbangers know they're gang bangers, and the hipsters, well they don't know exactly what they are. Interesting dynamic, but good things are happening as a result. Nevertheless, the change is good and a new dynamic community is forming. Let's just hope the trust-fund-baby hipster types don't turn this area into what parts of Silverlake have turned into: pretentious! But come down, visit, and hope you love the area as much as I do!

— Mark Schroeder
November 3, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.

"CC" - How can you say that you love HP but that you "add your trash to it" whenever you visit? Also, what does that mean? How can you criticize a place that you actively desecrate? So confusing.

Anyway, I live in HP, moved into the neighborhood a few years ago to attend USC. There's a lot changing - new stores and little cafes, bars and places to eat. There's a great little farmers' market on Tuesday on Ave 57 and new neighborhood market called Fresco. Of course, I frequently check the crime rates and it's the usual - car thefts, gang related assaults and what not - but it's not like I walk around at random hours of the night alone, when most of these things happen. Overall, I really enjoy it here. My rent is affordable and my neighbors are kind and I love how close I live to Echo Park, downtown and South Pas.

— M
October 30, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

Lived in HLP from 85-2001. What a dump it has turned into! Noone takes pride in the neighborhood. Everytime I visit, I make sure I add my trash to it. I love this place, but its looks like "pick a part", with day laborers included. I know I wouldnt raise my family here.

— CC
October 12, 2011 at 4:15 p.m.

I lived in hlp From age 2 in 1957 till 1978,I went to bucanan st school and aldama then burbank jr high,graduated from franklin then married my girlfriend from high school .used to shop at peoples and ivers,bobs big boy across from the police station when they built it,it was tough but you got tough with it.living there,I have many fond memories,one I havn't seen mentioned was the dragon pearl restuarnt and ralphs burritoes those were our favorates both gone now.

— mitch
August 14, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.

born 1957, lived there until 1975 when went to college out of area, somehow never made it back home. But our family homes are still there, some of my sibs are still living in them. My parents were from Lincoln Heights, a stone's throw away. Things have changed so much. No more playing on the Santa Fe railroad tracks, putting pennies, shopping carts and rocks on the tracks to see the trains smash them. We lived on Ave 52 near Fig, and I remember when 3 gas stations were on that corner: Atlantic Richfield, Texaco and Shell, and the fumes when the gas tankers filled the tanks there were thick as glue. I remember them building the Weinerschnitzel; they dug up a bunch of dirt and were giving it away. Me and my sibs took our little red wagon down there, at our mom's request to bring dirt back home for our backyard. My brothers rode their bikes and hid out at "The Swamp" below Marmion Way and the tracks. We walked or rode our bikes everywhere we needed to go. We shopped at Ivers, Peoples, Cortlands, Owl Drugstore, Kress, Mr Maury's, ThomMcAn. Had my first savings account ever at Home Savings at Ave 57 and Fig, watched movies at the Highland, picked up top 40 radio station lists at Benson's Records. Learned to swim at Highland Park Pool, still owe book fines at Arroyo Seco library, played softball at HP Rec. I don't know if I could ever "go back home"; they say no one ever does. but when I think of the word "home" HLP comes to mind...tall palm trees on Fig and the annual Christmas Parade. My class from St. Ignatius has occasional reunions still and maintain ties or even still live there.

p.s. we're Chicanos and the white kids who lived with us in HPL back then would be both friends or foes...was up to the individuals. Yeah, there were also gangs back then but some pretty rowdy white kids too. You always had to look around, take care, and make good choices of who you hung out with. If you wanted to get beat up, you had your pick of cholos or rowdy white kids. My mom succeeded in keeping us from getting sucked into trouble.

— JayAr
July 26, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.

I grew up when, gang members hung out on the corner, a scoop of ice cream was 15 cents and when there was an actual trader joe's in highland park. it was fun, but growing up you were taught things you couldn't learn from text books - street smarts. nowadays a lot has changed: the gang bangers are dads, hip bars/eateries are opening up, and there are white people who actually want to live here. That's when you know, your hood is movin' up, baby. A lot of locals, like myself, are coming back (after college), buying a house and raising a family. HLP is getting better, folks - But only the true locals know that. These hipsters from the westside who think, they're 'down', now that they're living in the "hood", just don't know. Who cares - just as long as the property value goes up, i'm a happy camper. HLP was ghetto, now it's ghetto fabulous. That's how we do.

90042 for life.

— eric s.
July 7, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.

I remember Peoples Dept Store and Ivory's, they had older sales woman, and they watched every move you made! I also remember, Mickey's Store and Billy Goat Hill.....Strange things I did witness, during the 70's...in the neighborhood....general rule with the gangs, was you don't mess with them, and they won't mess with you and no eye contact! Haha!

I miss the excitement and drama of the HLP.

— Yvette Smith
May 15, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.

What has this world come to when a so called Marine Vet Rudy E. who boosts for money to party, takes advantage of the one man Frank V. a shop owner who always helped him and still owes Frank 600 dollars! So rudy goes drunk into Tresspassing shop on sunday and assaults innocent man by smashes his beer can on his head, they stumble and fall and thats that right....no now rudy is suing Frank for 1.5 million and says he "fell"! Frank, is a senior citizen, 30 year at his buisness, has 2 disabled and handicapped children, has almost lost his house and is struggling to keep his shop! and to top it all this rudy guy just last week stole 2 bags of recycle cans from the recycle man on corner! recycle man filled a police report! how low can you go!!

— Mr. Patriot
April 29, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.

Highland Park sure has it's fair share of haters and the sensationalizing LA Weekly always make it seem like a genocidal race war between blacks and Latinos. In reality, it's an artistically and culturally active neighborhood with a lot of history. I administer the Highland Park Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/Highland.Park.LA

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:44 p.m.

ave 64 was the place i knew best i owned a gas station there.had great times,met many nice people there.wish i had stayed.carfixphil@verizon.net

— phil gates
April 3, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.

I love Highland Park && i miss it!! I lived there all my life from Baltimore ave 57 to Ave 50 & york to York & Fig.Although growing up was rough with all the gang violence i don't regret what i went through. HLP is HISTORIC! There is new businesses, bars, restaurants, new art and many more.I can't wait to go back to my city, my neighborhood.Much love && respects to everyone living there

— GIGS
March 31, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.

Highland Park used to be nice. Ive lived here all my life(43) Iwent to St. Ignatius 74 to 81 I live off of North Figueroa St. Has anyone noticed all the traffic up and down north figueroa lately?. Has anyone noticed all the rude bad drivers lateely? Has anyone noticed the parking situation lately? I cant even park in front of my own house anymore,by the way i love the fact that people who have driveways at thier hme DONT USE THEM! Has anyone noticed all the people who ask for change or gas money as soon as you get out of your car?yeah Highland Park USED tobe a nice place to live

— michael chavez
March 25, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.

HLP was freedom to me! We walked every block and back street to visit, hang out, cause just a little trouble and have adventures. Moved to HLP when I was 7 and moved out @ 27. Monte vista to Burbank to Franklin. Stayed from 1974-1994 with only intermittant stays in other towns. Saw Jaws and Earthquake 77 and Towering Inferno @ HLP theatre. Remember those movies? Played on the scale at OWL's everytime I went. Bob's Big Boy was a huge treat. Police station was dark and murky. A bit creepy.

— D.M.
March 16, 2011 at 12:55 a.m.

I've lived in Highland Park nearly 30 years...grew up here in the 80's and yes it's a little rough in some areas, but what neighborhood isn't? My favorite things about this area are the landscapes, the views, the parks (its the land of the parks), the proximity to downtown and pasadena, the culture and the art scene...the rich history...and the great food and people.

I grew up right on the cusp of Hermon/Highland Park/South Pasadena, and next to La Canada, it's one of the most beautiful areas in the city. I also went to Bushnell Way, Burbank and Franklin. I have the fondest childhood memories from elementary school...walking to and from school was a fun adventure in itself.

I think I might grow old here!

:)

— Zelina Medina
March 14, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.

Love HLP, but hard to get a job here if you don't speak Spanish.... Radio shack told me I needed to learn Spanish to work here, and so have a few other places.... Other then that its wonderful... there is a metro to Pasadena, and a bus to eagle rock for all us who no espaniol.

— That guy
February 7, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.

It's only 2 percent rick. A lot of white people and even Mexican-Americans have German ancestry. why do you think Mexican music sounds the way it does? The accordion was invented in Germany, after all.

— Oompa Loompa
December 16, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.

German is the 2nd most common ancestry in Highland Park behind Mexican?? (see the Profile tab) In 30 years spent there I don't think I ever met a German.

— Rick
November 24, 2010 at 8:15 p.m.

History as dimension: I have many points from which to get my bearings, but two points that everyone in the country can access? Diane Keaton and Gene Roddenberry, both from Highland Park.

People: Because I grew up in Highland Park in the 1970's, I don't feel fully, fully comfortable in social situations, parties, schools, work etc., unless there are white, latin, and asian people present, all together. I didn't know racism was real until I was shipped off to a private school in La Cañada,

Place: I grew up wondering what the rolling hills had looked like before it was fully developed - when we dug up the backyard to replant it, on Ave. 54, we pulled up more than a dozen ancient, rusted horse shoes. Bring back the North Branch of the Arroyo Seco!

I wish Franklin High School would keep it's lawns up, planted and green. I wish Franklin would turn its lights out at night, or, at the very least, buy light filtration devices so that the lights only lit the school and not the neighborhood. I wish they would tell the school maintenance people NOT to PARK on the lawns... it's so.... oh I won't say it.

I wish the police would buckle down on the minor/wannabe gangs that are trying to fill the vacuum left by the avenues, after the police, fbi, and sheriffs took care of them...

I hate barking dogs. Quiet dogs are okay.

— Flapladdis
November 12, 2010 at 8:50 p.m.

I <3 Highland Park! I've lived here all my life and although it is definitely far from being perfect, it is an amazingly beautiful place full of potential.

— ZelevyN
November 3, 2010 at 10:45 a.m.

Highland Park is getting better and better all the time. The art scene is blossoming and I can't wait to try all the amazing and authentic ethnic restaurants in the neighborhood.

I could do without the 24/7 barking dogs, however. HP residents could use some education of how to take care of pets.

People!!! Do not let your dogs bark incessantly at all hours of the DAY and NIGHT!

— garvanza gal
October 27, 2010 at 6:25 p.m.

During the mid 60’s to early 70’s, I grew up in a little pocket of HP now known as the “Hermon” district near Monterey Road and Avenue 60. I lived there before the Chevron gas station was built and before the grocery store known at the time as Better Foods was built. Living in the Hermon district was like living in a small town with one church; a Chinese restaurant known as the Dragon Pearl; gas station; Young’s Market near the Methodist Church where I once sang in the choir and taught bible school as a teenager to first graders. I attended Bushnell Way elementary, Luther Burbank Jr. High and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School. At Young’s Market on Monterey Road, my family had an account there, and as a kid, I would shop for my family during the week and return every Friday with the funds to pay for the weeks groceries. Looking back, I realized that this was an uncollateralized account and having an account there was based off of ones good name and character. I was a member of the Camp Fire Girls and we performed many philanthropic projects in the community. My brothers and I swam at the Highland Park Pool during the summers, attended the Highland Park (“HP”) theatre too, and went to see Batman, Robin and the Batmobile in the 60’s at the HP playground next to the Library. During those days, we commonly referred to the well dressed shops on Figueroa Street as “Up Town”. We would get dressed up in our best clothes to go Up Town where the streets were kept clean and the buildings well taken care of too. It was a safe community to grow up in those days and the community took pride in the appearance of their homes, businesses, and streets. Recently, I took a drive down Figueroa Street and was saddened to see the dilapidation of the once well maintained Victorian, California bungalow and arroyo stoned homes and buildings. The graffiti and murals which some might think are artwork make the community look oppressed. Unattractive Iron gates now protect the ornate windows and entry ways to old wonderful buildings. My heart ached for the old neighborhood with its beautiful topography, rich green hills during the spring months, architecture, history and a proud community who went through great lengths to make HP a safe place to grow up in for my generation. Although the topography is still beautiful, the hills are still a rich green during the spring months, and the architecture, history are still visible, the pride of the community has diminished which is now evident as you drive through HP. Jla.

— JLa
October 22, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.

I have lived in HP for the past 8 years. First as a renter (Benner ST & Shultz ST) then as a property owner in the Garvanza area of HP. I discovered HP by accident since landing a job at a law firm in South Pasadena. Property values in South Pasadena are much more expensive. You get more for your money in HP. I can say I have seen the area improve for the better. I have great neighbors. I can also say that I was first warned about the gangs (the avenues) by other white co-workers. I have since then educated and broke that stereotype people may have about HP. I do agree that certain parts of HP are not as safe as one would like. If this is the case, get involve, start a neighbor watch in your block. Take pride in your property and street. Change starts in ones mind. I see myself living in HP for many years.

— Lenin Zeledon
August 31, 2010 at 10:35 a.m.

I love HP..Lived there from 1978 till 2003...In my opinion is a beautiful place to live. my kids went to local schools...Buchanan ave & San Pascual ave are # 1 on my list...

— G.Alcivare
August 17, 2010 at 6:06 p.m.

There are some great homes, but many are left to deteriorate. It is not safe at night in this city and crime is up. The gangs are the problem. This would be a beautiful community but for the gangs. The police helicopters at night are also unpleasant. People need to have more pride in their properties and put in the effort to keep them up. It is starting to look like TJ around here.

— Last 10 years
July 24, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.

i was raised there and moved to tn

— susan herman
June 10, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.

To all who have posted great comments, it's wonderful and sweet. I love living in Highland Park. The climate is great, great food, excellent views, and a chance to be part of a diverse, complex, and changing environment. I feel bad for Manny the Mexican... Being an educated, successful, and progressive Latino, I can only see how narrow minded and uneducated a person he is. Soon he'll drive himself out anyway! Can't wait to meet many of you eating at a taco truck, enjoying coffee on York, and supporting local art work and creativity!

— Loving highland park
June 7, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.

I lived at ave 52 and Irvington pl. with my Aunt and Uncle.1950-1965.what a great place to grow up.

— johnny blue eyes
May 19, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.

My memories of Highland Park from 1958-1963 are a treasure to share with my kids. Swimming at the Plunge; playing basketball at night by the library; sewer sliding in the Arroyo Seco on cardboard in pitch dark ; racing across the trestle to Santa Fe Hill; helping the Cantero brothers throw the Sunday LA Times route until 4am & cooking steaks at the bar/steakhouse on York when all were gone; playing in the Jackson's mission house "dungeon" on Arroyo Glen; dodging Los Avenues for all the good reasons; being stunned by the annual hog slaughter in Mr. Anderson's gardening class at Luther Burbank; the Free Show at the HP; playing music in Mr. Ross's band class at Luther Burbank; thrilling to Koufax, Hodges, Roseboro, Wills, Moon, Snyder, Gilliam in 1959; taking summer school in Eagle Rock; being in the Boy Scouts at my neighbor's Moromon Church; making forts in the hills off Avenue 56; being afraid of Harry Bess, and that other bastard who used to terrorize us (not Avenues); smoking; stealing cigarettes from Thrifty Drug Store and Boys Market; getting penny candy and fudge sickles at Markham's Store on Ave 56; listening to KFWB and KRLA; eating cinnamon toast at Garvanza Elem and Luther Burbank; ... it goes on ... AND now, so many years later connecting with Kathy B (now in Colorado) and Judy R (Mississippi). We grew so big in Highland Park.

— Nathan from Echo Street and Avenue 56
May 15, 2010 at 11:14 p.m.

I lived on kendell ave in hermon,went to school at bushnell way,burbank jr high,and franklin.i slid down the hill were the sheep hearder can each year.I went to the free show at the hp show.I went to Youngs market on Monteray ave.I was there when they built the 76 station at 60 and monteray.Oh the owner of Youngs was selling car at Angeles Chev years later,his name was Bill Young.I later own a gas station on ave 64.What a life it was in hp.

— PHIL
May 13, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Although rich in history and it's abundance of beautifully crafted single family homes I am leaving Highland Park because the negative aspects on the area outweigh the positive. Sure I love the restaurants, scenery, and the old shops on Figueroa but I must say the gangs, crime, graffiti, the homeless that always hang around York & Figueroa, and the terrible 110fwy are what is making me leave. When I moved in 6 years ago I was told it was Up-and-coming, the new Silverlake if you will. Since then I have seen crime rate go up and I do not feel safe after dark anywhere near there. So long HP!

— Garvanza Steve
April 27, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.

Highland park is the place to be. It has great restaraunts and a really latino feel to the community. I grew up on monte vista street and 53, where back in the day it was dangerous because of gangs like the dogtown gang.

— 53 streeter
April 25, 2010 at 5:40 a.m.

I graduated from Franklin High in 1956. Can't say the Highland Park was middle class then. I did enjoy growing up there. I don't know about the current community. My family left as we grew up. I don't remember gangs or rough areas. They were probably there.

Provide education opportunities for the kids. Help each other. Don't put up with hate mongers.

GOOD LUCK

— m j clark
April 17, 2010 at 7:25 p.m.

Manuel The Mexican, Wow what a crazy and insane idiotic rant. Living with different races is pretty cool. I have had both experiences. Ever dream about waking up to NO ROOSTERS? Yeah, No freaken roosters! Ever think about a horn being honked FOR A REASON? Ever dream about not hearing engines roaring as the would be mechanic shares the strange noise with his friends? I grew up in a 99.9 % Mexican neighborhood. You can have it compadre cuz this Mexican has to get some sleep. P.s. lock the doors cuz that freshly arrived Mexican just drank a fifth of Tequila and he has mistaken your house for his. lol, this really happened to me. Screaming and pounding at my door to let him in. Oh, yeah Mr. Mexican only, this is America and if you want Mexico it is only 2.5 hours away - a dismal place where some people are starving and dying to get here. But no, not you, you want a Mexican only place. Keep your stupid thoughts to yourself so you don't make the entire Raza look retarded. My apologies to the various races that make America great. Manuel has not had the opportunities to experience living with other races and is Bi-polar. No Manuel that doesn't mean gay.

— Rick The Mexican
March 29, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.

I've lived in North HP for 10 years and must say its a nice neighborhood. It has low cost, authenic Mexican Markets, a developing art scene, good bars, is

diverse and close to everything. However I can't overlook the bad, which would include gangs especially the Avenues, the regular police helicopters, which I am sure cause many people to panic, and the graffiti which would include vandalism and tasteless advertisements.

— Jessica
March 29, 2010 at 6:11 p.m.

manual- i grew up in highland park (40's-50's). we were one of two mexican families on our block. it was a dead end street, which meant we all knew each other quite well. we were a tight knit "family" of mexicans, germans, japanese, polish and jewish families all living happily together-sharing, and caring for each other. dirt poor-but we didn't know it. when i read dribble such as your rants i just pity your pathetically narrow mind. pull your head out of your backside and get on the train. you're missing a great ride! God bless manual.

— joe
March 26, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.

I have noticed that in HP, there is alot of stones in the architecture, even the Jack in the Box on Fig. features stones, the Pillar of Fire church and the hill across Sycamore Grove park. HP is still lovely. Maybe it will follow Lincoln Heights and clean itself a little. The real problem, of course is gangs. ugh. so sorry for typing errors, it's late

— Elsie
March 22, 2010 at 12:10 a.m.

To Myrna:

In answer to your question, Myrna, (Are Sycamore Grove Pk and Ramona Hall in Cypress or HP?), they are both w/in the Historic HP Neighorhood Council bound- ary. They are "SHARED RESOURCES" (a public facility or an open space park) with the Arroyo Seco NC. Do you know about our Debs Regional Pk & the Audubon Educational Center closeby on Monterey Rd and Griffin Ave? NW

— Nancy Wyatt
March 14, 2010 at 11:14 a.m.

I lived in HLP all my life. & I love it!!! I'm a proud alumni of Franklin High School. I live near ave 50 and york were a lot of new business have come up like The York(before it was a chinease restaurant), some gym named Anatomy, and many others like it. I recently seen a growing number of tourists coming down to the York area of HLP because of the new business. I wouldnt say that HLP is all that dangerous as it was before and I have definately seen a groing number of homes being remodeled making it one of the many reasons why I think HLP a very nice place to live.

— Alejandra
February 23, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

To Manual it's ignorant and complete races views like your rant that needs to be condemned. I remember not so long ago that segregationist used similar language and tone to deny blacks that right to live,work and assemble in area designated for whites only. Your attitude and rant is no different and in bodies the same ignorance and hatred demonstrated by white supremacist. As a black man who have been living here for the last ten years I find your comments both offensive and disturbing.

— Fh
February 13, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.

livermore trrc was home to me and i think the steepest hill in highland park

— charlie
January 18, 2010 at 4:17 a.m.

I been living in Highland Park off and on for 20 years. In the beginning there was a lot of gang violence but now I see a love vibe in this community. The neighborhood is much cleaner and more cafes and art galleries are popping up. As a artist, this really great!!!

I ART Higland Park!!

— Edgar Luis
December 17, 2009 at 3:15 p.m.

My aunt and uncle have lived in Highland Park for many years. I am only a visitor as I am from Indiana. I love Highland Park and have spent many vacations roaming there. You should be proud to have a great community such as Highland Park.

— Kristi
December 13, 2009 at 4:07 a.m.

Hey, all Latinos commenting on here. Some whites, and a few blacks, that are still unfortunately too many to be ignored or forgotten about, have, do, and will accuse you All for the action committed by this and other gang-members. Your relative innocence will not prevail to them or their political representatives. Read: in the GOP.

— 39
November 20, 2009 at 3:45 p.m.

I wouldn't want to travel or live in HP. Its preoccupied with the Avenues gangs.

— Steer
November 17, 2009 at 2:49 p.m.

are Sycamore Grove Park and Ramona Hall in Cypress Park or Highland Park ?

— Myrna
November 16, 2009 at 2:21 p.m.

Three generations of my family lived in HP from 1940-2003. As a kid I loved roaming the dry, grassy hills overlooking downtown L.A. and watching at sunset the thin, pink, glowing ribbon of Pacific Ocean. I spent countless hours at the HP Library, learned to swim at Yosemite plunge, spent Saturday mornings at the Highland Theater, rode horses at Arroyo Stables, bowled at Eagle Rock Lanes, and sold Girl Scout cookies outside Mandala's Market at Springvale and North Fig. (An early memory: the Texaco on N Fig where an attendant in a clean uniform and cap would provide full service—wash the windows, check the oil, water and tires—then give you S&H Green Stamps and offer you collectable dish just to get you to buy gas there, for 25 cents a gallon during a "gas war".) Later on I appreciated HP's advantageous proximity to downtown and the two valleys, to the beach, the mountains and the high desert, to museums, concerts, theaters, dining and shopping. It is still a commuter's dream location: an affordable place to live near downtown. HP is rich with its own history, its lively cultural stewpot, its dearth of trendy chain boutiques. HP’s shops and restaurants are so much more interesting! It’s a perfect place to live a full life. Over the years the frightening almost nightly police helicopter flyovers with their piercing searchlights turned me into a nervous wreck. I hated the graffiti and worried about gangs. There were times when we blocked the picture windows with large furniture to stop bullets. But these dark incursions don’t seem to last. I don’t live in HP nowadays, but I still stay in touch with my wonderful neighbors, and I always enjoy driving the Pasadena Freeway past Sycamore Park and along the Arroyo Seco when I visit my old friends. Highland Park will always be my home.

— Koufax Fan
October 19, 2009 at 7:08 p.m.

HLP means home to me. My family has lived in this community for over 65 years. My Mother was from Riverside Dr. and my Father's family originally Chavez Ravine. Family lore says that 3rd base at Dodger Stadium was home. My Mother now resides at the corner of Barker Dr. and Ave 53. This beautiful house has been in our family for many generations. When I was a child, it was my grandparents home; When I was first married, it was my home and now--to my children, it is once again "Nana's Home". The warmth and beauty of Los Angelenos I would never trade for anything. My Mother's neighbors are like Gold. One is even an actress from "Gilmore Girls". Life is peaceful here, friendly. Neighbors help eachother out and are always around. Highland Park is home to me.

— Aurora Jimenez
October 14, 2009 at 7:39 a.m.

The downside of HLP is the poverty of a majority of it's renters. Businessses cater mostly to this population. Half way house entrepeneurs like Salvation Army and Aguila House are always able to find dilapitated houses to set up shop in, dooping unsuspecting neighbors.Can't ever expect Trader Joe's or Fresh and Easy to venture business in HLP. The upside, residents and homeowners benefit from authentic ethnic food, mom-pop businesses, inexpensive warehouse style markets, bakeries, car washes. Those with incomes above $70k per year, sadly, don't circulate their dollars in this community, instead opting for Pasadena, So. Pas, Alhambra, or Glendale whose businesses thrive from our dollars.

— Garvanzo Bean
September 17, 2009 at 2:50 p.m.

I've lived in Highland Park nearly ten years now. I have a beautiful 1930's Spanish Bungalow in awesome condition. There are many nice vintage pre-war houses in the area, built when things were made to last. Over the past few years I have seen the area improve immensly. York Blvd is booming with the creative energy I've not seen since the early 80's when Melrose started to become "hip". There are art gallerys,music stores,restaurants,beauty salons,coffee shops & trendy bars all on the same block of York. It's truly becoming a diverse melting pot, where all race & culture is celebrated, and luckily, the anti white racism exhibited by people like Manuel who posted here earlier is diminishing.

— Speediejohn
September 6, 2009 at 7:28 a.m.

I have lived in HP for over 50 years and have seen all the changes that have occurred through the years. I grew up on Ave 54 where my parents bought a craftsman style home that still retains its original charmed architecture, including the Arroyo rock foundations holding up the pillars and beams across the front porch, the unique shingle sidings and the beautiful large windows, all original, while other houses up and down the street fell victim to the awful stucco craze initiated several decades back.

— North Avenue 54 Longtimer
August 31, 2009 at 7:44 p.m.

I'm a resident of Highland Park for more than 20 years; the neighborhood has views and is very close to Downtown and Pasadena; the Gold Line is a definite asset to the community.There are some craftsman homes that are quite nice and in process of restoration.

Although mainly Latino; there is more diversity in the last years.I have great neighbors!

— Maria Isabel
August 28, 2009 at 9:40 a.m.

To Manuel "The Mexican"

If you want to keep it real and stay with your beloved mexicans why don't you just move to Mexico. I'm Hispanic and I also live in Highland Park. I don't really regard this neighborhood cuz there's nothing that stands out about it that I think is worth considering. If it weren't for your Mexican gangbangers or wannabe's maybe the neighborhoods would be more appealing but otherwise there's nothing that stands out. I'd rather live in Eagle Rock or any area around Highland Park.

— Richard
August 26, 2009 at 4:55 p.m.

highland park is the city to live !

— sh\]\rk
August 25, 2009 at 2:33 p.m.

One of the steepest hills in Los Angeles (possibly the steepest) is in Highland Park--Abbott Place heading west from Ave. 54. When we were kids we actually got my mom to drive us down that hill when our car had new brakes. We considered that a thrill ride in those days--the '50's.

— Old Teach
August 21, 2009 at 8:03 a.m.

After 6 years in Hollywood, my family & I recently moved back to Highland Park. The San Pascual area is quite & alot nicer than other areas, probably cuz it's like were in a hole: lost from the other societies.

— ~~Alana~~
August 19, 2009 at 4:43 p.m.

I am glad that Highland Park is so densely MEXICAN.

I'll be honest here...I do not want to live around white people, only around my own people. "Diversity" is a bunch of crap...it just means "Whites on top."

P.S. I am a 4th-generation citizen, but I prefer to live with a "fresh out of Mexico Mexican" than with any white americans. Is this is a sign of things to come? You bet it is. Screw integration and screw assimilation.

— Manuel the Mexican
August 18, 2009 at 10:46 p.m.

Anybody hear the 7-8 loud booms at about 5-am this morning? Do you know what it was?

— York & Fig. Rick
August 17, 2009 at 4:52 p.m.

Why is it that the Condominium Neighborhood of Monterey Hills is the forgotten community within Highland Park's 90042 zip code?

— E. A. Griffin
August 17, 2009 at 12:52 p.m.

I live in Alhambra and the traffic sucks because jerks dont want the 710 extension. It was originally built so that it ends in Pasadena not in my backyard. A tunnel will not bother you anymore than the outrageous amount of traffic I have had to put up with since 1988.

— sal
August 14, 2009 at 1:03 p.m.

******* NO 710 FREEWAY TUNNEL *******

A 710 -Coalition Meeting will be held on

Saturday, August 29th at 10:30a.m. at 3750 N. Verdugo Road, Glassel Park CA 90065 (Glassel Park Community Center)

The community is concerned with the effects the proposed 710 freeway extension will have on the comunities of North-East Los Angeles- (El Sereno , Cypress Park, Mt Washington, Glasell Park, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Eoch Park) and the adjacent cities- Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Pasadena

Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopthe710/ for more information and upcoming events.

— Rafael
August 13, 2009 at 4:01 p.m.

And as usual, you ignored the community of Hermon which is that part of Highland Park south of the South Pasadena city limits, east of the 110 and a little ways south of Via Marisol. We are a very active community which was revived by the activation of the Monterey Trailer Park on Monterey Rd., as a National Historical Place. Originally a stagecoach stop for traffic between L.A. and Pasadena, then it became one of the original motor courts, and later a mobile home park. This area has a very interesting history.

— Kathleen Osmon
June 9, 2009 at 11:25 a.m.

Highland Park, for all it's many, many social problems is one of the great unsung neighborhoods of L.A.. At the point we moved out, in 1978 our Strickland Ave neighbors were an assortment of immigrants and 1st generation: Filippino, Italian, Haitian, Mexican, Scottish, Irish, Finnish, Swedish (last two my family) and many assorted Latin American families from various points. It is worth defining it's boundaries correctly.

— phil Aro
June 9, 2009 at 7:49 a.m.

Interesting that you've drawn the dividing line between ER and HP at Buena Vista Terrace. The homes along that stretch (including ours) to the east of Figueroa are located on property that extends from Buena Vista Terrace to the north and Crestwood Terrace to the south. You've effectively dissected our properties so that our back yards are in ER and our front yards in HP.

— Chana Smith
June 3, 2009 at 1:54 p.m.

Amazingly, the L.A. Times has screwed up again in the Northwest corner. Before, their map had parts of Eagle Rock, including Eagle Rock High School, inside of Highland Park. Now they've shifted the border too far south in places, below the ridge line that has always delineated the border between ER and HP. Note how Ave 51, 52, and 56 now extend into ER. WRONG.

I suppose I should be thanking the LAT instead of pointing out the error. They've just arbitrarily raised the value of my home by putting it into ER.

— Marcos El Malo
June 3, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Highland Park

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Northeast L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Garvanza and Mount Angelus.
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