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In this day and age, I can't believe numbuh9 is allowed to get away with a comment that says this neighborhood is undesirable because of "too many gays." Really!?!?!? What if that were "too many blacks" or "too many Latinos"? The comment would have been removed.

— JLClarkson
October 13, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.

I love living in Silverlake. It's gone from ghetto to hip within a couple of years. True lot's of hipsters but diverse none the less. Weather you are on Sunset Blvd or Silverlake Blvd to surrounding areas, there's always something to do in Silverlake. Coffee shops, little shops, restaurants, bars etc. I LOVE SILVERLAKE!

— Stevie
September 5, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.

Silver lake is full of hatred diversity..Funny how we white folks look @ Hispanics like they don't

Belong but then again they look @ us the same way..give each other a chance my Hispanic neighbours r so nice though their older kids look

Intimidating n scary they're actually very nice helpful n respectful kids learning there culture by

Eating the foods they bring to my home n talking

About there country is fun ..Silverlake could b nice if of course u make it..Can't we all just get along..

— Sean
August 2, 2012 at 6:11 p.m.

Sorry, but Silver Lake is a weird wacko city! And certainly not a good place to raise kids, if you have any. I live here because my job requires it, if not, I wouldn't be living here at all.

— Goddess9
July 23, 2012 at 9:51 p.m.

I love living here except between 2-4am when inconsiderate people get home from wherever and are too loud. Also, passed out individuals literally in the street and sidewalks. And I'm not talking about the homeless. Somehow, i have to explain this to my kids when we step outside in the morning.

— ATOM
July 23, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.

Didn't anybody mention the hills and stairways? Green areas with black walnut trees, macadamias, avocados, loquats and the gorgeous, fragrant Copa de Oro, a chalice of perfume.

— A. Pavletich
June 24, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.

the good part: the hipsters.

the bad part: the hipsters.

— 4eyes
March 13, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.

This is a wonderful neighborhood. The best part is on the west side of the reservoir called Moreno Highlands. Beautiful and unique homes overlook the famous Silver Lake reservoir. Many famous entertainers along with professionals live here. People walk their dogs, jog around the lake after work and enjoy the meadow with family & friends. We've lived here for 20 years and we wouldn't want to live anywhere else. That's the thing about Silver Lake, it's urban, yet quiet, chic yet funky. Its a lot like Brooklyn Heights of New York. Downside-well I can't really think of any. I love Silver Lake too much!!!

— Gail Crosby
November 30, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.

I was born and raised here and I have to say that I have seen the neighborhood change so much. In the 90's all I remember seeing were shootings and death...so yeah, it wasnt always great....there was a gang problem back then...away from the fancier hillside. But I feel fortunate to still live here today and that I get to enjoy the neighborhood now as an adult.

— Leticia V.
October 27, 2011 at 10:54 p.m.

Silver Lake is a special place - I was fortunate to attend Ivanhoe back in the late '70's/early '80's and it was an amazing and diverse community of 1st generation immigrant kids mixed with kids of from fancier hillside homes. We all did well together - academically and socially - with great teachers. At home, it was gays and lesbians, Latinos, Scientologists, Ukranians on our block. Now I live in San Francisco, in a neighborhood that reminds me so much of Silver Lake, and sending my kids to a progressive school that reminds me of Ivanhoe. I would only move back to LA if it could be Silverlake ...

— Emily G
July 28, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.

too many hippies and the gays. Not a good place to raise children

— numbuh9
June 14, 2011 at 9:31 p.m.

silver lake is babe city love all the beautiful women over there around dog park and lake area '

— Rosehills 90032
June 9, 2011 at 7:41 p.m.

Silver Lake just feels like home. It feels welcoming, eclectic and bohemian, laid back and diverse. There are plenty of great independently owned coffee shops, record stores, and restaurants, and it's the first place I've lived in LA where I feel safe as a young woman to go for an evening walk alone (around the resevoir, of course!). Young and old, bourgeois types and starving artists find common ground at Farmer's Markets and cafe culture here, and it's easy to feel warm and accepted wherever you go. My favorite neighborhood in all of LA!

— Zoe
June 8, 2011 at 5 p.m.

In response to one of numbuh9's comments. He is right in one respect: It's probably not the kind of place my mom or dad would choose to settle down in. But he's wrong about the past! Silver Lake (two words) has always been the place for more progressive thinkers - first settled by shameless actors and acresses (ew!), then by Socialists (treason!), gays (horror!), and hipsters (what are the youth coming to?!). Diversity is one of the things that makes Silver Lake special, and it's why I chose to live here.

I also love that 5 miles from downtown we have all the wildlife of the country: bobcats, coyotes, Great Blue Herons, owls, possums, raccoons, skunks, woodpeckers, et al. All we need are bears - Oh wait! We have those too!

— Michael
June 8, 2011 at 12:29 p.m.

Silver Lake hasn't really changed much in the last 30yrs or so. Sure, everything changes. But the basic character of the place remains the same.

Hipsters? Who the hell gets to say what's hip anyway? Silver Lake's diversity is still it's strength, albeit somewhat limited. Too few blacks and Asians to be truly diverse, but pleasantly un-homogenized all the same.

As for Numbnutz9, s/he is a fake. I think s/he just wants to discourage more people from moving here. I get it, but then I really don't. The ugly of it just reeks.

Love it here.

— T-Flyer
May 22, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.

Silver Lake is great although misrepresent by all the hipster-hating hipsters who don't even live on this side of town. Look around... show me the so-called hipsters... I mostly see regular white folk, gay men and Latino families. I administer the Facebook Silver Lake page:

http://www.facebook.com/Silver.Lake.is.two.words

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.

Silver Lake da best place to live i agree

— Smokey
February 23, 2011 at 4:48 p.m.

I just want to say....

SL is the best neighborhood on Earth!

That is all

— Nick
February 14, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.

Numbuh9 just complains yet he makes his living here. He makes wildly exaggerated and offensive claims about SL yet takes our money and runs away. Equating class with money is stupid on it's face. The beauty of SL

comes from the fact that we are a wildly diverse community. I work in my home studio and have gotten to know my neighbors in a way that I never was able to when I lived on the

West Side and Hollywood Hills. My neighbor in Beachwood Canyon moved to the west side because it would be safer and as she said "not so full of Gays" She got car jacked the first month she left for the classy west side. Kharma is a Bitch and so are you. Your hatred and slander makes you one of the freaks of SL because you don't contribute you only take.

— Jolino
December 9, 2010 at 1:59 a.m.

I have lived in Silver Lake for 14 years, love the hills and the diversity and the friendly people. We have dogs and really enjoy the workouts on the many staircases and sloped streets. Love that there is a great number of non corporate places to shop and dine. Its also nice that I can hold hands or kiss my same sex partner in public if I want to, sorry numbuh9, but thats our neighborhood.

— Bert
November 30, 2010 at 1:16 p.m.

silverlake is my home. I have livedin the same home for over25 years. We have a view of west LA, Hollywood, the hills, Griffith Park, the east valley and the mountains. I have seen more sunsets than I could count. My daughter went to the best public schools in the country. She went to college. The diversity of this neighborhood makes me proud to be an American. The varied lifestyles of the community is what I love the most. It is alive, and a better community could not be found anywhere else.

— Andrea
November 28, 2010 at 10:33 a.m.

I am moving to the area (seems I may be in East Hollywood and not Silver Lake proper, according to the Neighbourhood council map (http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Silver_Lake/map ). I cannot wait! I do wonder about Bellevue Park and if it is a good place to take two medium dogs for a walk. Any ideas?

— Maude
November 14, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.

Silver Lake to me means paying $1,500 for a 1 bedroom apt that is 1 mile away from the actual confines of Silver Lake. I TOTALLY FEEL REAL N GRITTY WHEN I DRIVE AROUND IN MY 80's VOLVO!

— Hipster
June 30, 2010 at 5:04 p.m.

Silver Lake has always had an authenticity that is hard to define. There's the diversity, a long-time gay-friendly alternative to WeHo, working-class Latino immigrants, the outskirt of proper historic Filinotown, and more long-time SL hills residents going back to the 60's that characterize SL's present-day culture.

Yes, it also has plentry of litter, graffitti, questionable areas at night (for some); but it reminds me that these are the costs of dwelling in a place that has the integrity of a real city, like the NYC of John Lennon in the 70's. SL has been or is at best unpolished, and at worst a hardened tough place to live but it's a place where real lives are being played out, right in front of you, for better or worse. You are apart of the pulse of LA, here, you can feel the changes in demographics, the true effects of city park and school cutbacks, underemployment or unemployment, economic ascendency or maintained niche of wealth, as well. This is the neighborhood where immigrants, like my parents, came to start from the bottom to become homeowners of a 1930's architectural gem, all within SL.

Because there's an inherent "riskiness" characterizable to the neighborhood for the SL newcomer, I think that is why it attracts the young and bold (however,conventionally trendy to which that boldness may conform). As for raising families here, definitely not for everyone. I grew up here during the days of Rampart, when you really could not call the police for fear that you would be a victim of its corrupt practices (growing up, they searched our house without a warrant and took my mom's wedding rings). I remember these innerworkings clearly. I lived on Coronado Terrace, our street was a gangsta refuge, to get to our apartment you had to go through a dead end alley, either way. As a result, you learn how to walk (upright, chin up, stare straight ahead) and what a person that poses a real threat looks like (harder to describe) without feeling scared to walk alone at night. After all, however at odds, I called these gangsta's neighbor. Walking in gang territory, even former gang territory requires a certain savvy and confidence, which is hard to explain to a newcomer, and even more difficult to someone not originally from LA or a big city.

There is no other place that inspires my love of LA like Silver Lake. I can identify other Eastsiders just by their easy demeanor and comfort in their surroundings which I, too, am I'm proud to wear as a badge of a long-tome SL resident.

— Sandy
June 28, 2010 at 10:23 a.m.

you cant compare silver lake to the west side, its not even in the same league its too low class and too poor. Its like comparing single A minor league team to the Majors. I bet most people in Silver Lake make under $40K a year. Dont take my word for it, just read the LA Times or govt. demographics or go to Trader Joes and count the number of morons with tattoos on their necks and faces, true degenerates The illegal aliens, gangs, graffiti and bums dumpster diving bring it down big time. It could be a great place to live but you'de have a long way to go. Dont get me wrong there are some great people there. But Silver Lake is like more like diet west side or the poor mans west side. Just look at all the obese kids passing my store as they come and go from Marshall High. Stand on the corner of Sunset & Maltman and see the old beat up cars people drive past you and the degenerates walking into that 99 cent store, yikes its like a freak show. Silver Lake is a 3rd world neighborhood. Thats why at the end of day after serving my customers I close shop, take my deposits and head home to my condo on Doheny Dr. & Sunset.

— numbuh9
June 15, 2010 at 12:14 a.m.

The gay people happily showing their love is one of the many things I do like about Silver Lake. As to the complaint about garbage picking in the area - I'd rather poor and/or homeless people made use of that stuff rather than it sitting in some landfill somewhere. Numbah9 could use some compassion and tolerance. If you want a characterless place to live, there are many in LA to choose from.

— Terry
June 9, 2010 at 4:04 p.m.

I love the all the neighborhoods in the neighborhood, on either side of the reservoir, and I find Silver Lake to be the most eclectic place that I visit. I would fly half way across the country to Silver Lake just for a night bike ride. It wouldn't be the first time.

— alan
June 7, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.

Anyone else notice how most commenters here LOVE Silver Lake except numbah9?

Numbah also continually talks about one shooting, even though there are multiple murders happening in much more dangerous neighborhoods all over the city every day. Numbah is also homophobic repeatedly stating the neighborhood is bad because two people who love each other feel free to hold hands in Silver Lake (gasp!). Numbah also doesn't like the neighborhood because one person mentioned UCLA, which is actually a higher rated university than USC, but still has absolutely no relevance to this conversation. Nambah also inaccurately states that LaBonge was robbed at his home in Silver Lake... he actually lives in Los Feliz, but thanks for playing sweety.

Numbah prefers the bland, white-washed, "clean streets of encino, burbank, la canada or WLA..." and I say numbah should stay there. A mild level of crime and graffiti (much lower than many surrounding neighborhoods) is well worth living in a real neighborhood in the actual city where things are actually happening and real people actually live real interesting and diverse lives, not some sleepy, conservative, corporatized, tickytacky, stripmalled, sub-suburb.

— Sabio
June 7, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.

I've lived in the area for 12 years and am saddened by the changes. Silver Lake used to be diverse and mellow with lots of friendly, interesting people. Now it's being taken over by lame people from the West Side - bridge and tunnel people - who want to feel cool. They're coming in and ruining the character of the area. They've all bought into this homogenized idea of what Silver Lake is about, all dressing in the same stupid wanna-be hipster ware, not saying hello to their neighbors, and acting above it all. Identifying themselves by the food they buy and eat - so lame. I miss the cool Silver Lake, when people didn't try so hard and came to the neighborhood for diversity and an artistic environment, not because some magazine told them it was the place to be. Echo Park is starting to get just as bad, sadly.

— Terry
June 7, 2010 at 11:41 a.m.

I grew up in Silver Lake close to Bellevue Park in the late 70's to early 90's. I enjoyed the overall experience growing up there however intermittent gang activity and tagging spoiled some of it. I especially enjoyed, as a child, to play all day outside; I don't see kids doing that anymore. Also as a negative, was being forced to attend a HS outside of the neighborhood because the local schools were overcrowded.

— Chicano
June 7, 2010 at 9:24 a.m.

anyone saying there are no gangs in silver lake is not street smart and should go over to Northeast Division of LAPD on San Fernando road and speak with the watch commander. There are plenty of gangs in SL. Do you think the graffiti gets on the walls by itself? In fact, just last week councilman Labonge had his home burglarized in SL and a couple weeks ago a gal got shot and robbed in the parking lot of Gingergrass. Go into restaurants and you find men holding hands, thats a real sight. There are plenty of worse places to live but there are plenty of low lifes pushing shopping carts carrying recyclables that these bums have just taken out of peoples trash bins in SL. Ralphs market on Glendale & Fletcher is dirty and small. Its better than areas i lived in brooklyn but a far cry from nice clean areas of encino, burbank, la canada or WLA

— numbuh9
May 11, 2010 at 10:55 p.m.

I've been living in Silver Lake for around 10 years now, and I really love it. I do not think it is a dangerous place to live nor do I think it is unsafe for children. Yes, there is a very diverse mix of folks who live there of all persuasions, but that is what makes the neighborhood unique. Now someone above commented on many SL residents having gone to UCLA and said that it didn't mean much, it wasn't like having gone to SC. Well, I went to both, and they are both excellent schools. Neither is in SL, but I was living there when I got my DMA from UCLA. (Master's from SC). Anyway, the community is one of the safest in the city, one of the most diverse, and there are no gangs there, and graffiti markings are way down, almost non-existent. I love going to the Conquistador and Good Restaurants, and Rick's is a find. The location is also excellent, being just minutes from either the 101 or the I-5 or the major downtown fwys. I walk regularly around the reservoir, which has been modified to accommodate exercise walkers, and participating in this exercise, is a community event. The people here are friendly and the area boasts some of the oldest architecture in the city. I know I love it!

— arktoe
May 9, 2010 at 8:49 a.m.

We moved to Silver Lake from Pasadena in 2000. We were looking to buy houses from center City to the western SG Valley but we chose SL because we fell in love with the house and the neighborhood, such a mix of L.A. life. And at that time, away from the reservoir, it was affordable.

My favorite things: the Cuban corner shop, the laundromat with comedy mike hour, the pupusas, taking walks on the old stairways, the old junky shops on Sunset. I wasn't so fond of the police helicopters, the ineffectual City government, and I would not have sent my kids to the schools beyond the primary grades.

We moved to Europe a year later but I think back fondly on that time.

As for borders, we lived in that disputed SE corner. Let's just say that if I were buying a house I would want it to be in Echo Park but if I were selling a house there I would want to say it was in Silver Lake. It's about the money, and it's about socioeconomic status.

— prkpinch
April 13, 2010 at 11:50 p.m.

first of all your mom and dad wouldnt be settling in silver lake today if they cared about risk to their kid, no way. Silver Lake of today isnt like silver lake of 1940's. Back then you wouldnt find two of the same gender french kissing in the aisle of the market or bums climbing in trash cans for cans and bottles, graffiti everywhere and burglary and homicides. Furthermore, graduating from UCLA is nothing to be bragging about as its a public school. It's not like you went to SC. Working as a cop or teacher doesnt mean anything like giving back to community, they get paid for their job and arent "giving" anything to community for free.

— numbuh9
April 13, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.

My mom and dad settled in Silverlake back in the 1940s-what I remember is that all the different ethnicities-black, brown, white, yellow and even red worked and lived together in harmony. I went to school with people who lived on the borders of Echo Park (Coronado & Benton Way streets) and Silverlake calles (streets) before the lines were drawn for Belmont High School & Marshall High School.

Boundaries are not drawn or determined fixed /stationary barriers, people and neighborhoods define their identity. I'm sad to here all the different view points negative ones especially when one dominant group of people resided in Silverlake and replaced by several other ethnic groups and blame the change of neighborhoods on gangs of color.

My family has served the the Angelino community/public in law enforcement capacities, teachers, lawyers, and architects always giving back to the community in which they came from. The pride in taking generational connections and the diversity which is the bedrock of a society flourishing and thriving is what Silverlake means to me and home is where I share my blessings from residing 3rd & 4th generations of my family.

That is the beauty and strength of living in a community with so many resources and multiculturalism interact daily, if change is what is feared welcome to the 21 Century and beyond. I welcome change so I learn from other cultures and apply what I have learned and I thank the Almighty God for the opportunity for living in the hood with all walks of life poor and rich.

And just a side note, I grew up with different gangs in Silverlake and Echo Park I learned many things from the street. I later, applied that street knowledge of both worlds and I went on to graduate from UCLA with honors and have come back to my hood and make a difference as a community stake holder and change the lives of our youth (future leaders of tomorrow) by stopping the gang violence and becoming positive agents of change and take pride in their civic duty of rebuilding Silverlake. No one know the issues and challenges one faces until change begins from within.

I pray the folks that claim they have lived in Silverlake keep an open mind and be part of the solution for our future generations to come.

Respectfully,

Motta13

— Motta 13
April 13, 2010 at 11:43 a.m.

gangs, gangs, gangs. Saturday night a gal was robbed and shot in the chest after leaving the gingergrass restaurant and a week before there were a couple dozen US Marshalls apprehending a murder fugitive up my street. Graffiti vandals are everywhere in silver lake and the cops are useless. I couldnt tell you how many times i see cops speeding with sirens up and down glendale bl, rowena, hyperion and sunset. Its becoming a toilet.

— numbuh9
April 12, 2010 at 6:48 p.m.

I was born in Chinatown at the French Hospital, delivered by an Armenian doctor, to a Serbian mother and a Ukrainian father, in Los Angeles, California, USA... My first home was in Silver Lake, high at the top of Edgecliffe Drive. I loved it then and I love it still! I was fortunate enough to be able to move back to the same house in the early 1980's and help restore the home that my grandmother was still living in. I have regaled my friends with endless stories that were born of those days. All true... My neighbors were actors, artists, professors, writer's, lawyers, bankers, realtors...the fabric of this great place. They came in every flavor imaginable! Egyptian, Lithuainian, Russian, Ukrainian, English, Estonian, Mexican, German and good old 'american...' lol It was like thirty one flavors ice cream, but oh so much better!

No matter where I have lived in my life, my heart is on that hill, and I can smell the orange blossoms and feel the warm air filtering in through the windows. I still hear the cooing of the doves and think that it is the most peaceful sound on earth... I have never seen a view that was more beautiful to me, than that overlooking the Hollywood sign, the observatory and the magnificent lights of one of the greatest places in the world spreading out below me.

To date, Silver Lake remains vibrant, rich and one of the greatest places that I know... it changes and shifts, and then evolves into something exciting all over again. (Remember "The Soap Plant"? "Romero's"? "San Remo's"? I remember going to the Akron store on one end of Silver Lake and then to Foster's Freeze on the other side!) I bought my groceries at "The Hub" - and you never knew who you'd meet there each and every time!

It is a magic place...and sentimental...and I find that I cannot stay away from it for long. I love Silver Lake.

— Natalia Budilo
March 19, 2010 at 9:05 p.m.

although its a rough neighborhood and its not wise to be walking streets at night theres a good side to it. i like the reservoir and i like that there are lots of dogs at dog park and that its fairly close to hollywood. However, its not a good place to raise kids in since its part of LAUSD and the lifestyle of a lot of residents is not appropriate for kids to be around. The biggest problem are the gangs and graffiti. Within a month of new library opening there was graffiti and defacing of bathroom mirrors

— numbuh9
March 15, 2010 at 6:12 a.m.

The current confusion about the neighborhood boundaries of Silver Lake and Echo Park is due in part to the area's historical development. Glendale Blvd and surrounding hill area was the original home of the new LA film industry beginning in 1907 with the Selig Studio. This same year, Silver Lake reservoir was completed being named after the water commissioner, Harry Silver. The area developed rapidly in the years before World War I. At this time and well into the 1930s this area was considered one neighborhood and it was called Edendale. A Los Angeles map of the period puts Edendale's boundaries as Temple St to the south, Riverside Dr to the north with Elysian Park marking the eastern border and Virgil Ave the western border. No wonder trying to locate some 'correct' border line down the middle is frustrating! Thanks to Daniel Hurewitz's 'Bohemian Los Angeles' for above information.

— Rob M.
January 28, 2010 at 9:58 p.m.

Territory BBQ smells good...........but tastes awful. YUCK!

— Honesty
January 20, 2010 at 9:48 a.m.

My wife and her family moved to Silverlake in 1973. Her parent still live in the same house, and we lived in the area for awhile after university. While we now live permanently in Sydney Australia, it is always great coming back to Silverlake.

It's the uniqueness of the neighborhood I love so much, along with the reservoir, cafe's, hilly terrain, central nature of it to much of greater LA and views that make it a great spot.

— Rob
January 11, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.

I'm glad Territory moved into the neighborhood. They've brought some cool into what was a very depressing corner. Hoover and Bellevue has got to be one of the ugliest looking blocks in the city. It's great that some people who actually want to improve things, instead of just collecting rent from slum housing have moved in.

— Andorian
December 27, 2009 at 1:04 p.m.

SL-ian here...general comment...it never fails to shock me when even people who live here talk about "non-dense" LA...not a "city", "suburban" LA...you'll find here the ave pop density in the Basin portion of LA around 15,000/sq mile, beaten in the US only by tiny SF at 16,000 and of course NYC. (Contrast with Chicago--where I happen to have grown up-- at about 12,000). Also many districts in the Valley top 10K. Why the totally incorrect conventional wisdom of LA not being a dense city persists is quite mysterious and bizarre to me.

— Alex X
December 1, 2009 at 5:35 p.m.

No wonder everybody in L.A. are over weight all they seem to think about the boundaries of their neighbourhoods are marked by food houses and not much else.I lived in the Silverlake area for over 40 years and remember the gangs and all the other things that went on back in the sixties when the whites,blacks and chicanos and hippies all lived quite happily together but now thew neighbourhoods have changed to many people that don't speak the language and don't want too that's another story.I loved it their all the years I lived in Silverlake but like everywhere things have changed for the worse.

— STEVET
November 27, 2009 at 3:03 a.m.

It's a shame our neighborhood continues to be defined by Hollywood wannabes. I live very near Hoover & Bellevue, and would take the pupuseria that was on the corner any day over that half-baked, overrated slop trying to pass for barbecue, Territory. (It's clear to us their patrons who think it's good don't know how to cook for themselves and therefore have low standards...) With their loud live music and the influx of Volvo driving scene-sters, they are further ruining the ethnically diverse neighborhood feel we once had... Our hood used to feel like an ethnic microcosm of L.A.; but it's been feeling more like that of Santa Monica lately.

— SilverGnome
November 13, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.

I REMEMBER SILVER LAKE FROM 1937 TO 1950.MY STEPDAD WAS THE CAETAKER FOR THE RESERVOR ALSO GRIFFITH PARK AN THE FOUNTAIN AT RIVERSIDE DRIVE LOS FELIZ BLVD.WE LIVED AT 2915 ALLESANDRO STREET BY THE L.A. RIVER ALSO MUCH MORE. RAY ROMO THE OLD TIMER

— RAY ROMO
October 22, 2009 at noon

I grew up in the SF Valley, went to college in Orange County and lived for many years in Dana Point and owned a business in Laguna Beach and let me tell you how wonderful it is to live here in Silver Lake! I have a 'Barbary Lane' kind of rental unit in that forgotten corner of Silver Lake, i.e., below Sunset and south of Silver Lake Blvd but just above the 101 fwy and north of Benton Way, the Echo Park border line. And yes, I'm in the 90026 not '27 zip code. When I first moved back into LA from the OC in 2002 it was a breath of fresh air as it afforded that oft missed suburban commodity: appreciation for diversity! Not only ethnic diversity, but social, economic, political and sexual identity...here one is expected to bring their whole selves to the fore. Yet, unlike other areas of town, this is also a neighborhood where community is appreciated and individuality is tempered by respect for others. I think this is nurtured, in part, at least by the diversity and harmony of the physical environment we have here, the beautiful hills, the iconic tall palm trees, the wonderful lake, and especially the variety of residential architectural design. This alone is a tonic for those of us who grew up in post WWII valley tract housing. I'd say then that Silver Lake is broad-minded, not bland, artistic, yet without too much LA artifice, idiosyncratic, yet without egoist attitudes, safe, without seclusion (no high walls and gated communities), community-minded, but without the coercion to conform to suburban bourgeois mores. Yeah, I'm glad I live in Silver Lake!

— Rob
October 13, 2009 at 2:08 a.m.

I lived very close to Silverlake 10 years ago and I actually worked in Silverlake. Since it is very close to Rampart, there were always gangs and crime, cops patrolling etc. I didn't feel that safe during nights as I used to work night shifts in a Hotel. I loved the food though..especially at the Roman's Pizza, Don Felix Restaurant and El Casario..the Equadorian food!!

— Nischal Mangu
September 29, 2009 at 7:40 a.m.

Does anyone living within the map boundaries above qualify for Ivanhoe Elementary? Appreciate any feedback, thanks.

— kristian
September 23, 2009 at 9:56 a.m.

If you don't like living near people who don't look exactly like you, then maybe it is time for you to leave for the suburbs. People live in cities because they want to experience the richness of a diverse population, not homogeneity. Silver Lake actually feels like a neighborhood, which is why people love living here. Yes, there is a mix of higher income and middle/lower income, but that is the beautiful thing about it. Don't just complain and move out. Stay and make it better by keeping your kids in the schools, helping the community meet its needs, and contributing instead of complaining. That's the kind of attitude that this city needs.

— -ilovesilverlake
September 20, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

Silver Lake, the place I've called home for 20 years, means to me...bad schools, increasing gang violence, growing anti-white sentiment and racial epithets hurled by angry youth who seem to resent the tax base that pays this neighborhood's bills. Sadly I will be leaving my beautiful Silver Lake home for one of the bland, affordable, safe and child friendly suburbs. I can't see raising my kids in a place they're so clearly unwelcome.

— outtahere
August 25, 2009 at 8:27 p.m.

Funny... these stats are according to the census bureau, but if you go to the census bureaus website my zipcode is Echo Park, not Silverlake like this article suggests (90026).

It can't be denied that there is a lot of confusion over where each neighborhood starts and stops... but it doesn't matter anyways. Both neighborhoods feel one in the same to me.

My favorite part is how un-L.A. it feels.. rolling hills, lots of trees, coyotes, possums... as close to downtown that you can get and still feel a little bit of peace. Drivers are the best in the city too.

— Tayo
August 20, 2009 at 10:36 p.m.

Great update on the LA times page, now all we need is a forum!

— NorthEast
August 17, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.

Ahhhhhh....Territory.....great Bar-B-Que that is over-priced along with alot of over-priced records. The wildest thing is that this new "hip" spot was built smack dab in the ONE tiny corner of Silver Lake that gets JUMPIN'. Right at the end of Imogen....and I'm talking automatic gunfire, not parties. You know, the corner where the poor, long time and hard-working residents of Silver Lake got pushed out to when they could not afford to stay on top of the hills. Hahaha....and they named it Territory. They didn't see the massive graffiti wars this past winter and spring leading up to some nonsense happening in a beautiful neighborhood. I'm all for people moving in and bringing new ideas to an historic neighborhood. It keeps places like this special....but I also want to see MORE community involvement and outreach and not just towards one class or demographic. I would hate to lose an area like Silver Lake to violence or (maybe worse) seeing it become that "IN" place (if its not already....) and having it divided off by race, class and social standing.

— silverman
August 12, 2009 at 7:10 p.m.

I love silverlake there are lots of activities aroun the neighborhood.I love the silverlake music conservatory,its so cool and fun.Many celebs live there.I go to a school in silverlake, I love it. My opinion is that SilverLake is the best neighborhood around Los Angeles, as well as KoreaTown and Echo Park.

— emma
June 21, 2009 at 9:08 p.m.

Silver Lake was a great place about ten years ago. Back then it was an affordable, working-class neighborhood. Now the streets of Silver Lake are filled with wanna-be-hip trust-funders who all though they were the most attractive/creative people in some small town in Kansas. The vast majority of people in Silver Lake these days are trying way too hard to be cool, and as a result they come across like a bunch of provencial marks.

— Getting Real
June 20, 2009 at 11:05 a.m.

I grew up in Echo Park and do know that Coronado is not in Echo Park. It is for all the folks that wished to eliminate a large # of minorities from living in Silverlake. Most of the comments and suggestions that Silverlake ended on Benton Way clearly stated that the houses east of Benton Way did not look Silverlake enough! Ha, LA times stop messing with boundary lines of well established neighborhoods.

As a kid and young adult I walked on Sunset from East of Alvarado and knew it was Echo Park. After you pass Waterloo down the huge hill at the bottom of Coronado Terrace you know u had just landed in Silverlake. Don't try to reinvent the wheel for whatever your ultimate goal is. This is an OLD neighborhood and the long time original residents know whtat they are talking about. Stop asking people that just moved into California searching for a HOT, COOL nighborhood where the boundary lines should be placed!!!!! Plus my deed clearly states Silverlake and I am on Coronoado St. north of Sunset!

— Paula
June 19, 2009 at 12:19 a.m.

Home owners' property value considerations aside, I prefer to define my neighborhood (Silver Lake, definitely two words) more loosely, in terms of ... tacos. I know you're hungry, but please hear me out:

- The northeast boundary is Hugo's on Glendale (just past Tacos Villa Corona), since Burrito King on Hyperion no longer passes muster.

- The Southwest frontier liberally extends west to Hillhurst, since I feel at home at both Best Fish Taco in Ensenada and Yuca's original location.

- Technically speaking, Las Glorias Del Buen Comer marks the southernmost boundary, but any old Silver Lake hand who's lived la vida taco can attest that it isn't worth venturing south of Sunset ... unless Tacos Delta, Siete Mares and Alegria all happen to be closed (perhaps for Semana Santa?).

- On the taco-rich eastern flank, as mush as I'd like to claim the Taco Zone + Arizas trucks for the 'hood -- or cinderblock-and-mortar Tacos de México for their delicious Tuesday meal deals -- I'll stop the aggressive colonization at Marielas Taco, on Sunset at Coronado, for the sake of good neighborly relations.

¡Buen provecho!

— Silver Laker
June 6, 2009 at 1:43 a.m.

I've been confused for two years when people ask me where i live.

echo park silver lake i always say.

i live on coronado.

hi everyone. that Tarasco taco place that opened up (across from Dusty's, near 7 Seas) is great.

— Rahul
June 3, 2009 at 11:02 p.m.

OK, so here's how the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council defines this neighborhood.

This neighborhood is bounded by:

LA River/Riverside Terrace on the north,

Clifford/Mayberry/101 Fwy on the south,

Hoover/Myra/Hyperion on the west,

2 Fwy/Glendale/Coronodo/Waterloo on the east

So ... not Benton Way on the east. No map that I've found ever goes that far west. Can't imagine why you did that.

— Chapps
June 3, 2009 at 9 p.m.

Mohawk and Montana is a part of the EP Neighbor hood council. Between Alvarado and Benton is kind of no man's land. Not EP, but definitely not SL. People on the other side of the ridge definitely do NOT consider Coronado St, Waterloo, Mohawk, Coronado Terrace, etc a part of SL and people on the other side of Alvarado/Glendale definitely do not consider them a part of EP. I always considered myself a part of EP when I lived there. Homeowners (my ex-landlord included) would like to think it is SL, but no one else does. Again, I think it should be it's own neighborhood called No Man's Land. It hurts not to be wanted!

— Doug
June 3, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.

Um, no the dividing line between Silver Lake and Echo Park is not on Benton Way - it's on Glendale Blvd, and it's been that way since those neighborhoods have existed.

I live on the east side of Benton Way, and our deed says Silver Lake, as do the deeds of friends who live east of us, but west of Glendale Blvd. Our local politicians also seem to think we live in Silver Lake, as does the neighborhood council. Someone messed up your map, which will seriously tweak both Silver Lake and Echo Park folks.

— Chapps
June 3, 2009 at 3:47 p.m.

I agree with Littleleosmom -- I used to live on Coronado Terrace north of Sunset and it was always considered Silver Lake. I thought the dividing line was Alvarado.

— Pat
June 3, 2009 at 2:55 p.m.

I would not be surprised if the 2010 census data reveals a dramatically different picture of the neighborhood, especially in the categories of income and families. the run up in property values and rents, combined with the large increase in families with young children since 200 almost completely changed the texture of the hood. I would guess we have fewer singles (although I'm unsure how gay marriages will be counted in the federal census) and higher income.

— bear
June 3, 2009 at 1:45 p.m.

Territory BBQ on Hoover and Bellevue!

— Armida
June 3, 2009 at 9:44 a.m.

According to the Assessor's comment on the title to my house, we are in Silverlake on WaterlooSt north of Berkeley. Check the deeds before deciding where neighborhoods start

— littleleosmom
June 3, 2009 at 9:36 a.m.

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