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I love and miss South Gate. I live in the East Coast now and Miami does not compare to South Gate.

The people are nicer, everything is walking distance and everybody knows your name.

— Angie
May 31, 2012 at 7:34 a.m.

I also grew up in South Gate. Born in 1955. Has changed since the days of riding my stingray bike all over the place. Demographics has changed for sure. Does anyone remember the name of the market that used to be on the NE corner of Tweedy and Alexander back in the mid to late 60's ?? How about MAC electronics on Tweedy west of California Ave ??

I moved out arounf 1977 or so. I go back to visit once in a while. Attended Bryson Ave School, SG Jr High, and SG High. Grad 1972.

— Robert R.
February 28, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

I moved to South Gate about 6 years ago and I personally do like my area; I live in the small area between Paramount and Downey. My neighborhood is very friendly, but Maybe my mother has a lot to do with this. She invites neighbors over for family parties and my younger siblings play with the neighbor's kids almost everyday so we have built great relations within our community in these 6 years. I love it.

— B.M.
November 16, 2011 at 8:46 a.m.

South gate is a rather calm city. Its has a lot of families. I think the nice part of south gate is otis down towards the park. The park really needs a track, there are A LOT of joggers! There is friendly people and rude people like there is in every city. I don't think the city you live in affects mood....

— Jennifer
October 8, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.

South Gate:

Some of the neighborhoods are nice. Some ugly areas too. Not safe but not a dangerous place.

"The nice part of South Gate is a small portion, which is passing the 710 freeway".

— Jose
August 7, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.

I've lived here for about 10 years. I don't like it much. I have to say I agree with John who says that people here are arrogant, ignorant and rude. I can count with one hand the amount of positive people we know. Most people around here are NOT friendly. I keep mostly to myself except for hellos and so on. And the driving? I had to adjust to the way people drive around here. You can tell most people don't have a licence around here. Nobody gives you the right of way, people zoom through narrow streets, you will get cut off at least 3 times a day and the city capitalizes on it instead of doing something about it - since there are so many camera lights, namely Tweedy, California and Firestone. But oh, well.

— M.A.
July 22, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

I was raised in South Gate my whole life. Went to Bryson, San Miguel, SG Jr. High and graduated from South Gate High in 2001. I moved from there about 3yrs ago and recently went back. Its always been an abitious and young city. Businesses are always opening and a lot can be done just walking down Tweedy. Naysayers will always be naysayer but Im proud of this town. We all try to do our best to treat one another the way we want to be treated and thats all we've got these days because politicians and coucil members who we vote for to represent us always seem to have their own agenda... And Michael people pay taxes for that sir, if youre upset over the graffiti instead of bashing the residents take it to your council member first. Thats what theyre there for. Right?

— El Mario
April 29, 2011 at 10:35 a.m.

Crime has increased in this neighborhood in the last decade. We have one of the highest sales tax in Los Angeles, yet residents don't know where this money is going. Surely those new palm trees did not cost them millions.

— Erica
February 10, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.

i grew in up south gate live on tenaya st. it was great back in the 80's i went to stanford elem then they built montara ave, then went south gate jr but saldly after move to el paso , texas been here 20 years now but i miss south gate them burgers from toms damn theyre good

— alfonso pedroza
January 30, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

Grew up here. Very poorly run city. Defects are everywhere, just take a stroll.. It's residents and business people are some of the most arrogant, ignorant, rude people I have ever met. Cant wait to move up and out!

— John
January 13, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.

Wow I grew up in South Gate and it looks like Bagdad but at least Bagdad has less graffiti.

Cant the "people" who live there now buy paint and clean things once in a while?

— Michael
January 7, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.

I was raised in South Gate in the 1960's. I attended Victoria Elementary School and for a while South Gate Jr. High. I lived on Virgina St. then around the corner on Elizabeth. My grandfather had bought a shotgun and kept in the closet. This was about 1966. Only years later did I ever realize that it was probably purchased because of the riots in Watts. I have bittersweet memories of South Gate. I recall the theater on Tweedy and walking to school passed the bank on the corner of Elizabeth. There was also a Winchells donuts down the road. My grandmother worked at Monteque and Grahms hardware store also on Tweedy. I like to keep up with SG but it seems to have changed so much.

— Mike
December 10, 2010 at 8:45 p.m.

I recently moved in this city and it ir really nice and decently safe. I have seen people running with their tracksuit at the park at 2am!! It really is a fairly clean city considering close to 100,000 people live here

— Billy
October 19, 2010 at 6:23 p.m.

This city is a good place to live because everything is whithin walking distance, the residents are friendly and the city is maintained fairly clean. I reside in South Gate and love the city.

— Nora
October 13, 2010 at 10:35 a.m.

I love south gate a lot born and raise here south gate all the way

— alfredo barajas
June 8, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.

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