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I don't understand why it has taken years to trim the trees surrounding the University Park neighborhood. Could it be beauracracy on the part of the city of LA, because it sure is not for a lack of money on the part of USC?

— Jean
May 7, 2012 at 5:55 p.m.

Animals? University Park is located near the heart of LA. Yes; the income level aroud this neighborhood may be low and the crime level may be somewhat high, but that does not make a human being an animal. Ignorance makes one an animal. USC has been a vital part to the community and its improvement. The community notices and acknowledges USC for not only being a prestigous university, but an assest to the community as well.

— Alexander
December 8, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.

I wish that by some miracle of god USC would relocate and leave these animals to themselves. Why spend millions of dollars on a community? We are a private university, and the money should be spent on students who pay the tuition.

USC students may be hesitant to admit it, but they do not enjoy being anywhere outside the patrol areas.

— Shaun
April 30, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.

Coming to USC from the relatively quiet San Gabriel Valley was a bit of a frightening experience for me. At the very least, I expected to be confined largely to the campus, as the world outside USC was rumored to be quite unfriendly. Looking back, I can only laugh at that sort of naivety. I graduate this Spring, and I can say with absolute certainty that I'm going to miss what turned out to be a loving and inclusive community.

— Vincent
December 15, 2010 at 1:36 a.m.

Alex, I don't think that's quite true about SC students, my friend. After all, they have lived in Exposition Park (or University Park) since the 1880s. Most of the kids live there for 4 years at a time, and become part of the greater community. In fact, in the 1970s when a land-owning family in Malibu offered USC property to relocate there, USC refused because they has a commitment to the University Park community. I know what you're saying: the students don't live there permanently or really work there. I'm a UCLA guy but I learned to love SC as a little kid, and love their sports teams. I'm kind of concerned that new buildings on campus will eliminate places to walk! But USC is unique, and a living, breathing work of art.

— Paul S.
April 10, 2010 at 8:43 a.m.

The University Park area is a hidden treasure of culture - it's filled with Victorian houses, domed churches, a few colleges, cafes and coffee shops, there's even a theater or two. Whole blocks have been designated historical zones. And it's right in the middle of everything - downtown, USC, Expo Park. For more neighborhood news and events, check out

— Eddie
August 11, 2009 at 1:22 a.m.

I'm presuming that these stats take into account USC students as well? This kind of skews the "natural" population of the area,but is nonetheless indicative.

— Alex
June 5, 2009 at 12:43 p.m.

University Park

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the South L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains North University Park.
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University Park is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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