Trees Throw Shade on Pico. The Good Kind!

Trees Throw Shade on Pico. The Good Kind!If you were out on Pico and Hauser Saturday, May 13th, you would have seen Council President Herb Wesson’s tent and a lot of people digging holes and planting trees. Liz Carlin (Wesson’s deputy), members of the Pico Great Street Collaborative, and the crew from the Korean Youth & Community…

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World On Wheels. Back In the House!

World On Wheels. Back In the House! When World On Wheels, the bowling alley and Maria's Cafe closed in the summer of 2013,  a collective groan went up in Mid-City.  Located where Pico, San Vicente and Venice meet, the AMF bowling center filed bankruptcy and shut down its Mid-City operation.  The skating rink, where family, friends and…

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Sinkholes! What do you think of when you hear the word “sinkhole?” You might think of the Guatemala sinkhole of 2007. The sinkhole opened up, swallowed a city intersection, cars, and three people’s lives. Due to the heavier than expected rains this season, sinkholes have appeared throughout the city and…

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Sanctuary Churches in MidCity

Sanctuary Churches in MidCity When Noel Díaz describes his first time being deported back to his native Tijuana, he chuckles and blames his grandfather. Díaz’s mother lost her job in Los Angeles and stopped sending remittances back to Mexico. His grandfather, worried that he hadn't heard from her, handed his undocumented daughter’s home address…

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Becoming A Great Street. What's Ahead For Pico

Becoming A Great Street. What's Ahead For PicoThe Pico Great Street Collaborative won a Challenge Grant from the City of Los Angeles in January that could mean up to $500,000 in community-building improvements to Pico Blvd between Fairfax and Cochran. Their “Destination: Pico” proposal calls for improved design to make this historic part of Pico a safer and…

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Airflight Highways

Airflight HighwaysLOOK! UP in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….. another plane…and another one….and another one.   Nextdoor is lit up as neighbors in the West Adams community weigh in on the onslaught of air traffic noise over their community.   Indeed, on the second day after…

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Koreatown Redistricting Lawsuit Looking Hopeful

Koreatown Redistricting Lawsuit Looking Hopeful Five years ago when the City of Los Angeles Redistricting was finalized, residents of  Koreatown launched a lawsuit, Lee v. City Of Los Angeles (15-55478). It challenged the redrawing of district boundaries with the primary intent of increasing the African American vote within Council District 10.  BACKGROUNDRedistricting happens every…

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Pico WINS Great Streets!

Pico WINS Great Streets!Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the Great Streets Initiative in October 2013 to transform streets across the city into more vibrant public spaces. The City received 37 applications from 99 partner organizations and Pico was one of 7 recipients to receive up to $13,000 for community outreach, and support by technical…

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Smokey Robinson Visits Pio Pico Middle School

Smokey Robinson Visits Pio Pico Middle SchoolPio Pico Middle School, located at Pico and Arlington, kicked off 2017 in a very special way when it welcomed Motown’s legendary singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson to its campus on Tuesday, January 18, 2017.  Mr. Robinson assisted in the presentation of a $1 million dollar check from Niagra Caresto…

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Beloved Koreatown Park At Risk

Beloved Koreatown Park At RiskImages of soccer fans waving Korean flags in the summer wind could be replaced with images of residents and shoppers snarling into parking lots at the site of one of the very few parks available to  Koreatown residents. If Jamison Properties moves forward with a skyline-altering project, a new glass…

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Established in August of 2008 by writerartist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.

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