Sandwiched between Beverly Hills to the north and Culver City to the south, SORO (South Robertson) is in many ways a gateway -- not only between those two booming cities, but also between L.A.'s Westside and Mid City areas. Diverse in ethnicity, religion, and economic status, the residents of SORO nevertheless find strength in coexistence and cooperation.
SORO notably contains sizable Orthodox Jewish, Coptic Christian, and western Sikh communities, often sharing resources and public spaces. SORO is roughly 50% White, 25% Hispanic, with the remainder largely African-American and Asian. Areas with low household income directly abut those with wealthy homes. Some areas flourish while crime and gang activity continue to be a stubborn problems in others.
The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (one of nearly a hundred chartered councils in the City) has become adept at serving these various constituencies. Formally chartered in 2002, SORO NC has evolved into one of the most innovative councils in the City. SORO NC views itself as a collective voice for the distinct neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and other stakeholders within its boundaries. Yet difficulties with local schools, changes to SORO's transportation infrastructure, planned increases in housing density, and a stagnating commercial strip along Robertson Boulevard present ongoing challenges that require the entire community to overcome.