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MG -- what about The Mint? That's a pretty cool place. The Joint is more music than bar, but you can still get a drink. And for a lounge/bar, Sotto's is pretty good.

— David Zarmi
May 23, 2012 at 3:47 p.m.

I've lived in LA for 18 years, 10 of those in the Pico/Robertson neighborhood and love it. And guess what?, I am NOT Jewish! If I did have one complaint, it's the lack of a neighborhood bar, but other than that this area is great! However, if you have problems with city life (i.e. noise, traffic, or Jews) then clearly LA isn't a city for you. Please feel free to quit complaining (and adding to the congestion/noise and everything you hate) and quickly move on to greener pastures, otherwise the city and specifically this neighborhood is amazing!

— MG
October 27, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.

This is a safe, densely populated neighborhood with tons of traffic. It's great if you're Jewish. If you're not, it won't ever feel like home.

— Fritz
August 22, 2011 at 1:05 a.m.

i love this area. i feel very safe here. ive been here for 12 years. only got held up once.

— joe
May 26, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.

Don't miss KOMODO. The food is fantastic.

— Roger
April 7, 2011 at 12:53 a.m.

I am studying about Pico Robertson neighborhood because of the Jewish Aspect. It looks like a great place to live if you are Jewish.

— Zev
March 23, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.

I owned the pharmacy on the corner of Pico and Robertson for many years. I experienced many changes in the neighborhood from the 70's to the 90's. It was filled with such diversity and that is what made the neighborhood interesting and inviting. Yes, degradation is evident now, but it still has some of the greatest neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, etc.

I miss it.

— David
October 19, 2010 at 10:44 a.m.

A safe and remarkably quiet place to live. Love the access to the surrounding wonders of the world. The 60's group, the Association recorded "Windy" while living on Wooster. That's pretty groovy! The area has a long history of grooviness.

— Jim Piper
June 1, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.

On the downside there is way too much traffic. Way too many pot dispensaries. The businesses along Pico need to do a better job in keeping their storefronts clean!! )what a mess on Wooster and Pico!)

On the plus side.. ..lots of great restaurants, grocery stores. Close to the 10 freeway and Olympic which takes you East and West pretty quickly. Nice parks nearby. Nice new building t corner of Pico and Corning!! I am ever hopeful that other investments will be made along Pico to keep up the momentum.

— Friend
April 9, 2010 at 8:07 p.m.

I lived on Shenandoah, It was just ok.

Some nice places. I enjoyed the cool colorful birds that migrated from BH hotel after the exotic birds were let go because of fire many years ago. they seems to doing well.

Overall, it was typical LA dirty junk. Apartments galore, some cool ethnic elements. So glad I moved and bought a house next to the beach here in Hawaii -I'm free and happy and surfing clear blue water!

~aloha~

I miss Ships fried chicken.

— Shank
March 2, 2010 at 12:30 a.m.

upsides: about a mile from Beverly Hills with all its restaurants

Lots of banks around

Good walking area Close to Century City, The Grove, the 10 freeway, gr8 location. New and hip places opening e of fairfax mix with old Factors Deli, Thai House, Chinese Restaurants. grocery markets very close,lots of choices.

Downsides: Lots of businesses e of Livonia gone out of business, empty stores-Coco's gone.

— karin
January 12, 2010 at 3:44 p.m.

I have lived all 40+ years of my life in the Pico/Beverly Drive area. Of what deterioration one can find in any area is just a reflection of the broader moral decay of society. As a neighborhood, the opposite holds true. The area has flourished. More accessibility to fine dining, specialty markets, banking, etc. Neighborhoods that welcome religious practice often flourish with a better moral standing from its residents. More synagogues and related Judaic business make the area more of a community then a "district" . The downside is such stability gets ignored by the city. Police presence is lacking, fire personel shifted to other areas of the city (thankfully there is Hatzola) and street maintenance is practically non-existent. If it wasn't for Beverly Hills PD patrolling the borders of their city, I'd think LAPD stops patrolling west of La Ceinga Blvd.

— Howard
January 11, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.

This is still a great solid area to live in, which is less expensive than many areas further West. It's also very central to both downtown and the beach. Recently, there have been lots of high end condos and luxury apartments built in the area making it even nicer. There are far less homeless, than Santa Monica and Hollywood, so to say there are so many sleeping in doorways is very uninformed.

— John
December 14, 2009 at 11:20 p.m.

I loved living there. I loved the religious element. Families walking to temple on Friday nights. It felt very safe.

— JD
September 15, 2009 at 8:14 p.m.

Wow Jenson, tone down the baseless hatred, you freakishly secular (man? woman?). But how does that awesome newstand on Robertson stay open? It seems it would need way more customers than it has. There's a Pico clean-up this Sunday, but it is really filthy and the apartment buildings are run down (can't blame that on the tenants living there). Oh, well. Every neighborhood has pluses and minuses - ours is great weather in comparison to other parts of the City (and especially the Valley!).

— David Zarmi
August 26, 2009 at 10:12 a.m.

Just visited the old neighborhood in June when I attended my fathers funeral. While I enjoyed seeing the sights, it certainly is totally different than when I grew up there. Much dirtier, no more WanQ, no more Mon-Arc, way more different types of people. The residential areas are still nice but you business people ought to cleanup and have a little more pride in what was once one of the best areas in the city.

— joel grossman
August 12, 2009 at 8:54 p.m.

It's a great neighborhood (west of Robertson) that's safe to walk to so many places: Ralphs, Pavilions, 24 Hr. Fitness, the post office, and a ton of restaurants right up Beverly Drive. Plus, it's so close to the Westside Pavilion, the Beverly Center, and the Century City Mall. I found it a very convenient place to live and so close to everything. I miss it tons.

— B.
August 8, 2009 at 7:37 p.m.

I live in this neighborhood and can't wait to leave it. It depresses me. Too many homeless people sleeping in doorways. Filthy and drab buildings all along Pico. Apartment buildings in disrepair. Unfriendly and highly (one might say freakishly) religious people abound. Terrible restaurants. Peculiar zoning laws that place high-traffic grocery stores right next to residents.

I've had it. Small ya later!

— Jenson Button
June 15, 2009 at 11:46 p.m.

I miss the Pico Post, where I began my professional journalism career. It did a great job of covering the neighborhood.

— Steven
June 8, 2009 at 10:24 p.m.

So, what happened to "Westdale". There are LA City signs all around me that say "Westdale".

— Dave
June 5, 2009 at 10:33 p.m.

Pico-Robertson is the bomb diggity!

— blake
June 3, 2009 at 12:02 p.m.

Highlights:

Thai House Thai (rivals Thai Town)

Versailles Cuban

Twin Dragon Chinese

The Newsstand on Robertson/Pico

— Eric
June 3, 2009 at 10:27 a.m.

Pico-Robertson

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Westside region of Los Angeles County.
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