Should There Be a Central American Historic District in Los Angeles?


At today's Education and Neighborhoods Committee meeting at City Hall, committee members are expected to consider Councilman Ed Reyes' motion to re-activate an application to rename the areas of Westlake, MacArthur Park, and Pico Union as the "Central American Historical District." The initial application, filed in June 2007, reasoned that

But it wasn't long before it was met with a flurry of opposition, from long-time residents and neighborhood stakeholders. Representatives from the Pueblo Nuevo and Pico Union neighborhood watches said:

A U.S. Army Veteran said:

Due to its inactivity and not being placed on the agenda for a period longer than two years, the Council file was closed in August 2011. But now it will be up for reconsideration, in connection with plans to establish a "Central American Cultural District"

Neighborhoods often define our lives and who we are as city residents. We become ingrained in the local culture and everyday activities of where we live, and we begin to take ownership of our neighborhood -- it's part of the natural evolution of a city.

So what happens when there's a disruption in the process? How would you react if your neighborhood earned a new name, especially one that singled out a specific ethnicity -- which you didn't belong to? Let us know.

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