Sunday, September 09, 2007

COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 - THE FORGOTTEN EDGE?

Exploring North East LA Stats

I've been living in CD 1 for almost eight months now, walking and driving around, exploring the neighborhood; but I can't say I've learned that much. Tonight I checked out Councilman Reyes website and I was surprised how little I knew. Council District One has a population of 222,165 people. Seventy percent of our district, or 154,927 people, are above the age of 18. The remaining thirty percent or 67,238 people, are under the age of 18. 

The communities that make up District 1 include: Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

Forgotten Edge? I can't find anyone who can tell me where it is. Have they all forgotten?
Geographically, CD1 is the 3rd smallest district in the City and is the only district in all of Los Angeles that does not border a separate municipality. 

CD1 is one of the most ethnically rich districts. According to the most recent census data, District 1 is 75.5% Latino; 15.1% Asian; 5.4% White- Non/Hispanic; 2.6% Black/African American; 1.0% Multi-racial; 0.3% American Indian and 0.1% Other.

Maybe the 0.1% Other lives in Forgotten Edge?

4 comments:

  1. Had a laugh when I read this post. I read your list of neighborhoods and came to "Forgotten Edge". I instantly thought "What?!" and stopped reading and googled the name. Wherever Forgotten Edge, Los Angeles was, I was headed straight there. Some names are evocative, and some names are insistent, and that was one of them.

    "Forgotten Edge, Los Angeles" turned up nothing, so I searched with quotes around Forgotten Edge. That turned up... Well, nothing really. Except this post, and the words "Forgotten Edge? I can't find anyone who can tell me where it is. Have they all forgotten?"

    Full circle. Cool. :)

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  2. all right, so this comes a year after the post. I live in the "Forgotten Edge". Forgotten Edge, or more commonly known as Victor Heights, sits on a hill just north of Downtown and Northwest of China Town. It neighbors Echo Park. Look For Figueroa Terrace. Figueroa terrace wraps up and around and then down Marview Ave. Has the most beautiful views of downtown. I am very surprised this neighborhood has remained essentially untouched all these years.

    Apparently back in the day, they used to utilize the steep hills to pump water down to the city.

    There also seems to be some debate on the actual name "Forgotten Edge" as some find it negative? I personly think it's... well, edgy. ;-)

    Google Map of Forgotten Edge

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  3. Thank you Poco! It has been bothering me all year, so now I know it is a real place afterall. On the other end, I kind of enjoyed thinking of it as mythical place of the imagination.

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  4. Anonymous8:25 AM

    The nickname "Forgotten Edge" was coined by the founder of the Victor Heights neighborhood watch as a commentary on the frustrations of residents to get city services to actually find the neighborhood when summoned. Victor Heights is named after water mogul Victor Beaudry.

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