As you all are no doubt aware, I have packed up bags and moved shop from the Bay Area to Southern California. I will be attending graduate school at UCLA for my Masters in Urban & Regional Planning. I’m really looking forward for classes to start and, in the interim, have been settling in my new apartment in West Hollywood.
Los Angeles never comes up as a city that is easily walkable. And for good reason. It’s not just the “car culture” of LA that influences this, though it does exist. The physical layout and urban design of much of the nations second largest city requires a car to get around. What other cities call neighborhoods, to Los Angeles, these geographic areas are sometimes the size of cities themselves.
Just The Facts
West Hollywood is a young city, both literally and metaphorically. Once a neighborhood of the vast City of Los Angeles, “WeHo” as it is now referred, was incorporated in 1984 and had a population of 36,500 back in 2006 (US Census, 2006). This 26 year old city also boasts a very young population, with the median age of residents around 40 years old with around 32% of residents between the ages of 20 and 34 years old (US Census, 2000).