Way, Way Out

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nestled on the Pacific Ocean some 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles lies Los Angeles' southernmost neighborhood, San Pedro. Known most for its role as hosting LA's port, the nabe has sealed a reputation for being well steeped in both diversity and history. After annexation and the development of the Port of Los Angeles, maritime-related industries became the major employer, and SP attracted many longshoreman, fishermen and dockworkers (along with their respective families). The aforementioned most notably secured the locale a reputation as the hub of Italian and Croatian culture in Southern California. Other groups joined as well, seeking jobs in the burgeoning shipbuilding and port industries, and as a result SP boasts sizable Black, Hispanic and Asian populations.

Most recently, SP has embarked on an ambitious waterfront area enhancement, illustrated in the various new projects; new promenades and pedestrian corridors, the opening of the 22nd St Park and of CA's tallest water fountains, converting the old Ports O' Call into a mixed retail and residential area, and new night time illumination on the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

In a case played throughout Urban America, the redevelopment has resulted in gentrification has gained a foothold, as many yuppies and creative types pour into and endorse previously neglected Downtown/Waterfront buildings since refurbished and re-purposed into lofts, cafes, galleries and boutiques/work spaces.

Ok, without further adieu I bring you all San Pedro, currently in the throes of gentrification (and the recession !) :

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    just found your post via the city data forum, I'm a bit isappointed to find out san pedro is not good - where WOULD you recommend in LA, for (relatively) reasonable housing which is not gang ridden? friends have recommended atwater village, glassel park, silverlake, eagle rock - they're too far inland for me, too hot. am attending LBCC in 2010 and will range out from there, any advice would be welcome - I'll check back, THANKS !!!