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    The area has definitely changed. Although there are your various groups who like to tag and such, it has definitely calmed down so much. Not as many gang related incidents like we saw 10yrs ago or even in the 90's. Where's a neighborhood watch? If any

    — anonymous
    February 28, 2012 at 6:54 a.m.

    I have lived here since 2000. I bought a small apartment building and I have seen the great improvements in the community. Much less graffiti, violence, drugs, prostitution, crime. The West Angeles Church is great. New shopping centers to be built in the next couple of years and the Crenshaw Expo line is about to open. I see Jefferson Park returning to its glory days of the 1930's.

    — Honestmicky
    September 28, 2011 at 1:23 p.m.

    A nice neighborhood. We could use more trash cans and refuse pick up. It would be nice if the LAPD took their DUI Sting Checkpoints to Santa Monica for a change. The Seniors seem to be having a hard time just getting food and keeping their utilities on. Adams needs to be slowed down because it is now a freeway alternative. Pretty dicey crossing. The people really want the neighborhoods to be decent . We need our Councilman Herb Wesson to concentrate more on what the community needs; the parks are great but we really need basics like a bank, pharmacy coffee shop/wifi right here on Adams & Crenshaw. Three gas stations and no grocery market or drug store on such a major intersection seems excessive. Healthier food is hard to find but street food is abundant and lots of fresh fruit. It's the type of neighborhood that should have police officers on bikes or horses and interacting as opposed to so much air and helicopter type policing. The people are accessible and deserve to be treated with more respect than helicopters blazing and buzzing all day. Community relations start with a hand shake and eye contact. West Adams has history and dignity. We ask our community leaders and our law enforcement to review the policies and also how many sex offenders are being placed in 55118. Our numbers are exceedingly high compared to other communities and we have a lot of young children in this area.

    — Tre III
    July 28, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.

    I bought a duplex in Jeff Park 9 yrs ago and love the neighborhood for it's central location, 20's architecture, kind people and all the good food nearby: Korean & Creole to name a few! I look forward to the day that when you tell a non-native that you live in a part of West Adams, they will recognize the place name.

    — K. Rosen
    July 10, 2011 at 1:22 p.m.

    The people are great.

    The homes are beautiful.

    The neighborhood has greatly improved.

    We could use a few more stop signs.

    — Genaro Bautista
    December 9, 2010 at 1:43 a.m.

    Jefferson Park got way safer than it use to be before.

    Back in the days people died an do drive bies. but no wits way safer an more little kids com eout an play.

    — victor perez
    November 2, 2010 at 12:51 p.m.

    My parents and I moved into Jefferson Park, also known as LITTLE NEW ORLEANS, in the early 50's. I lived on 7th Avenue just down the street from 6th Avenue Elementary School. It was a great neighborhood. For those of us who liked scooters, bikes, and wagons (depending on the age) we have two great hills where we could meet our "need for speed" (7th Avenue between Adams and Montclair and the Arlington Double (between Adams and 29th Street).

    The Creole influence was very noticeable. I lived across the street from and next to two large Creole families who loved to party. And several Creole families were living behind us on 8th Avenue.

    We moved into the area soon after the area was integrated. Sixth Avenue Elementary had black, white and Asian students. We got along well and had very few problems other than having to deal with the outrageous smog problems during the 50's. At times it was so difficult to breath at lunch time outside lunch play was cancelled and we had lunch in the classroom.

    At the intersection of 7th and Jefferson, we had within four blocks east or west a multitude of stores (hardware, grocery, pharmacy, restaurants) to shop. We were centrally located just after the Santa Monica Freeway was built beginning in 1958. I attended Mt. Vernon Jr. High (on permit), now known as Johnnie Cochran JHS. I remember 7th Avenue becoming a near dead end and the only through street North of Adams (other 10th Avenue) between Crenshaw and Arlington.

    It was a great area and a great place to grow up. And with Manual HS, Dorsey HS, and L.A. High School being three of the schools representing the mighty Southern League, sports was king.

    Jefferson Park was a great place to live. I feel really fortunate that my parents chose for us to live here.

    — Greg Jackson
    April 18, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.

    good to know

    — rodney hill
    January 13, 2010 at 12:33 a.m.

    From the West Adams Heritage Association:

    "West Adams is located in the center of Los Angeles, in an area stretching roughly from Figueroa Street on the east to West Boulevard on the west, and from Pico Boulevard on the north to Jefferson Boulevard on the south.

    West Adams neighborhoods include Pico-Union, Harvard Heights, Western Heights, Victoria Park, Wellington Square, Lafayette Square, University Park, West Adams-Normandie, West Adams Avenues, Kinney Heights, and Jefferson Park."

    The United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council (unnc.org), representing West Adams and Jefferson Park, defines Jefferson Park as being bound by Arlington on the East, Crenshaw on the West, Rodeo on the South, and Adams on the North.

    — michael
    June 9, 2009 at 3:24 p.m.

    Jefferson Park

    is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the South L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains West Adams Terrace.
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