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I've lived in Westwood (Little Holmby) on and off since 1965, two Blocks east of UCLA. Spent coutless nights closing up Mario's after attending events on Campus. Like this fractured script. Westwood is unfinished and leaves emotions lingering...

— markhas
October 29, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.

i am curious of the demographics of the area defined as westwood that is south of wilshire, because it has a very different feel than north of wilshire, particularly holmby hills.

— westwood
May 18, 2011 at 1:25 a.m.

Westwood has too many teenagers! I hate them!

— Age segregationist
December 7, 2010 at 3:43 a.m.

Just letting you know my bike was stolen. It was taken on Malcom ave which is the boarder of westwood and santa monica blvd. In general the crime rate is very very low here, way below the national average. However, rape is right at national average. Anyway, don't leave your bike out without a really good chain FYI. Other than that this place is waaaaaay better than where I used to live. Even the boarder of Westwood is nice.

— Ronald
October 15, 2010 at 11:47 a.m.

Thank you, Neal, Paul and Grad 2009. I am so sick of the long string of comments about borders, like whether your neigbhorhood ends one block farther south matters. Tell us something about the place.

Westwood was a great place to go to school while keeping the commercial values of the world close to mind. I would not trade it for the world.

And Westwood Sam, maybe you should let Barbara Adler decide what Westwood is about for herself.

Go Bruins!

— ValleyGirl Tori
September 5, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.

Nice recall Paul. My years in Westwood were from the late 50's to the late 60's. I still go there every week since my elderly father lives there. It is a thin shadow of its former glory. In fact, it is not much of anything now other than the Village and Bruin theaters. Sad state of affairs. But Stan's donuts is still there (sort of at least). I eat at CPK but always imagine it is still Mario's !

— Neal
July 2, 2010 at 5:53 p.m.

Who cares? I lived in Westwood from 1967 to 1973, some of the happiest years of my life, and we saw Westwood change then. The properties in the Village got too valuable to lease to Mom and Pop stores, and bigger renters came in. There were at least 4 bookstores then, and I don't think any now. The biggest change was the arrival of the high rise condos on Wilshire, that changed the Westwood skyline forever, and were way out of scale to the Village. Still, it was a wonderful place and still is. On campus, there were great choices of things to do from 8 AM to midnight. I mean concerts, plays, sports, seminars, films, dances. The dorms were unlocked. Since then many new buildings have given areas of the campus a pinched look. But how can you beat Westwood and UCLA? You can't.

By the way, read "Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler. The detective goes "outside town" to Westwood Hills. In those days, the biggest part of LA ended at Western in the west, and you passed open fields to arrive at Beverly Hills, and then more open fields and hills to reach Westwood Hills.

Anybody remember the Alpha Beta? Wil Wright's? Lum's? The Free Press Bookstore? The barber shops and sporting goods stores? Parking Lot 32? Before the Hill dorms were there? VIVA WESTWOOD!

— Paul S.
April 10, 2010 at 8:11 a.m.

Little Jan:

Westwood never "started going" south of S.M. Blvd, because it was already there all the time.

This area was included in the original formation of Westwood by the Janss Company in the 1920s. Nothing ever happened to change that fact - no one ever changed the name of the neighborhood, relocated "Westwood" elementary school from the area, or anything else.

Not much else to say but: "It's _still_ Westwood."

— Westwood Sam
April 9, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.

I was born, raised and schooled in Westwood; from St. Paul's to Marymount.

Those were the best years of my life. Westwood has the best weather on the west side. Problem: Westwood got too big. Too much crime now/village is in disrepair/very sad. I visit now and then/back to old Bel Air Camera, but I am sad when I leave b/c my home town has gone so far down hill.

— Mary
March 11, 2010 at 9:55 a.m.

Westwood started going south of Santa Monica Blvd. when real estate prices started going north.

— Little Jan
February 18, 2010 at 7:50 a.m.

This map is the same as the map designed by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. Westwood Sam is correct. D.O.N.E divided the city into over 100 Neighborhood Council areas. The area designated for the Westwood NC is exactly the same as in this map. However as Westwood Sam points out, that map reflects more about what people think and less about what is actually fact.

— Mark Herd
October 24, 2009 at 5:24 a.m.

Westwood Village is the perfect place to be a college student -- where everything is in walking distance but it still has that "big city" feel. There are quality restaurants, good happy hours, and a Trader Joe's right in the Village.

Only downsides: landlords who charge exorbitant amounts of rent (at least north of Wilshire) because they know students want to live close to campus; street parking is pretty crowded and the streets themselves are in terrible condition. Be prepared for pedestrians EVERYWHERE.

— UCLA Grad, 2009
October 22, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.

Barbara Abler: try to stick to the issue. The issue is not what the memories of Barbara Abler were as a 12 year old at Emerson Jr. High. Nor is the issue how long a boulevard traverses.

The facts are that the Janss Co developed the area as Westwood, that the school called "Westwood" is in this area, that it's always been Westwood (although Rancho Park broke itself off 60 years ago south of Olympic).

We might not like those facts or even care about those facts, but no one has seen any contrary facts (other than anecdotal chat and personal memories). One person's memories do not trump the factual record.

— Westwood Sam
October 13, 2009 at 2:43 p.m.

I grew up smack dab in the middle of this map and went to Fairburn Avenue Elementary School. I had no doubts as to the boundaries of Westwood and this map reflects them exactly. When I got to Emerson Jr. High I met kids who'd gone to Westwood Elementary School and played with them after school at their homes but I never, ever, thought of anybody living south of Santa Monica Blvd. as living in Westwood. Just because Westwood Blvd runs south of Santa Monica doesn't mean that section is part of Westwood. If that logic held what do you do about other long streets like Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd.?

— Barbara Abler
September 2, 2009 at 8:17 a.m.

The commenter "Silly Bickering" is confused, of course. Century City is east of the area in question, so the comment is simply irrelevant.

This L.A. Times map is baseless. I guess that's the Times' prerogative (?).

— Westwood Sam
August 30, 2009 at 2:42 p.m.

It's a map; they CHANGE. Anyway, the reason Westwood isn't extended is probably because there's a tiny place, sometimes referred to as Century City, in the way.

— Silly bickering
July 21, 2009 at 2:54 p.m.

C'mon LAT. As Sam rightly points out, Westwood Charter, formerly named Westwood Elementary School, has been serving children in the area *south* of Santa Monica Blvd for longer than most current Westwood resident have been alive, much less living in the area. There is no doubt, expect apparently in the LAT offices, that Westwood extends south at least to Olympic, and arguably to Pico. Can you explain why you continue to ignore this obvious fact?

— Alan Brown
July 6, 2009 at 3:48 p.m.

This is Westwood Village, not Westwood.

Westwood, California is some where in Northern California.

— Village
June 27, 2009 at 7:57 a.m.

Here we go again . . . "Westwood" has always extended past Santa Monica Blvd.

"Westwood" currently extends all the way to Olympic. Sheesh, long-established "Westwood Charter" elementary school has always been right smack in that area! And the main drag Westwood Blvd runs right on through to this area.

The original Janss development of Westwood in the 1920s was called "Westwood Hills" and went from Sunset to Pico in exactly this area. Obviously the name has shortened in those years.

In the 1930s, Olympic Blvd came through, and those south of Olympic formed their own neighborhood: "Rancho Park".

Then, nothing else happened . . . except for these weird LAT maps that reflect some confused folk chat. All of this information is set forth in more detail (including links) in the prior LAT version of maps.

— Westwood Sam
June 3, 2009 at 3:53 p.m.

Westwood

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Westside region of Los Angeles County. It contains Holmby Hills.
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