The boyfriend and I have finished our Quest for Housing! We were welcomed yesterday to our new building, a recently remodeled apartment from the 1920s. We started last month, and looked at a lot of places last weekend, and are happy that we have finally found a place we absolutely love.
However, we’re not quite sure where to tell people we live. There’s a screenshot of the Google map, above, which can be clicked on to go to the original Gmap page. According to a City of Los Angeles district map, we’re just over the border of Westlake. But that map doesn’t have all the neighborhoods the Wikipedia list does, and it’s been suggested by 5000! that we’re just inside the Historic Filipinotown borders.
Whatever it is, I’ve noticed that as soon as I say, “Hoover”, people look shocked or concerned. Then I have to clarify, “no, no, not THAT part of Hoover, the part up by the 101, almost in Silverlake”. Then I cop out and say, “we’re Silverlake adjacent”. The blocks around the building are actually just quiet streets lined with 1920s bungalows. Any bars that are still on windows are clearly older, indicating that no-one has felt the need to put bars up for years, and that the crime is lessening. It may not have been a low-crime district ten years ago, but it struck us as one now.
So that’s why I need help figuring out what neighborhood I live in. Hoover, apparently, conjures up association with the neighborhood by USC. Maybe if I figure out what neighborhood I live in, I won’t have to explain that there are, indeed, quiet residential streets east of La Brea when I’m talking to my Westside friends.