Highland Park - Garvanza
The Highland Park-Garvanza area of Los Angeles has always been one of the key cultural centers of the city. The term "Arroyo Culture" coined by Robert Winter, an architectural historian, was in reference to the bohemian culture that exploded in the early 20th century in the Highland Park-Garvanza district. Once a quiet enclave for artists and architects, this community has developed into one of the hottest areas in Los Angeles. Relatively quiet York Blvd. is now a haven for new restaurants, clubs and shops - which is a gift to those at Occidental College a few blocks away. Figueroa is zoned for development with new restaurants and shops to revive the strip. Highland Park is also home to the NELA Art Walk which takes place the 2nd Saturday of every month. Art galleries stay open late and people enjoy an evening of art and good food throughout the area. The Lummis House, also known as El Alisal, sits at the south tip of Highland Park where one can experience what life was like in Los Angeles in the late 19th to early 20th century. The metro Gold Line runs through the area for easy access.
Fortunately the Highland Park-Garvanza district falls into LA City Council's Historic Preservation Overlay Zones. This will identify and protect the character-defining features of the community including about 50 "historical cultural monuments" such as Galco's Soda Pop Stop on York and the Lummis House. It also includes the historic homes that range from the Craftsman and Craftsman-like homes of the Arts and Crafts Movement to the Queen Anne, Mission Revival and Tudor Revival homes that the community so treasures. This wonderful community along the Arroyo Parkway with Eagle Rock to the north, South Pasadena to the east and Glassell Park/Mt. Washington to the west/southwest, is a neighborhood not to explore.