Qualified Condition

September 16, 2008

East Hollywood, Don’t Call it EaHo.

Filed under: Getting Around, Great Places in Greater LA — qualifiedcondition @ 4:23 pm

I’ve always had a soft spot for East Hollywood—it has all of the architectural character of Hollywood without all of the, well, vapidity.  There are subway stops galore, more colleges and academic institutions than you could shake a stick at, a massive medical/hospital complex that provides a bevy of skilled jobs and the whole area is active, urban and vital.  If you can stick around the neighborhood long enough to see through the grit, under the graffiti and past the litter you’ll notice a beautiful, historic neighborhood that is in the middle of everything and yet somehow removed from so much. 


One of my favorite enclaves in East Hollywood is right around Melrose and Heliotrope (which technically borders Wilshire Center, but gimmie a break).  Here you will find a strip of Beaux Arts inspired commercial buildings that hug the street along Melrose, an old theater converted into a cultural center and a number of other charming structures.  If you get all gooey inside for historic architecture like I do then being someplace like this will definitely beg the question in your head “wow, what must this place have looked like back in the day?”  Fortunately there is enough positive stuff happening in the neighborhood today that your psyche won’t camp out in yesteryear for too long.  Here you’ll find an amazing homemade ice cream shop called Scoops, the Bike Kitchen (where you can work on your bike with some helpful volunteers who love all things bike) another bike shop which will soon be moving into the empty furniture store on the corner (come to think of it, maybe it was hot bikers that attracted me to this ‘hood) and a whole lot of cafes and restaurants that serve the folks who actually live around here.

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5 Comments »

  1. Why did the Ukranians have to go and ruin the entrance of that neat old building with that horrible stone screaming 70’s makeover? Sigh.

    Comment by laura — September 16, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Isn’t that no longer a ukrainian cultural center? And isn’t this considered it’s own neighborhood (bike town)? When I think east hollywood I think little armenia and thai town. Down south are bike town and melrose hill.

    Comment by Dan — September 17, 2008 @ 2:03 am

  3. Here’s a little more eho grit and definitely no vapidity.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/buddha_rat/sets/717189/

    Comment by buddha_rat — September 17, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  4. I’ve never heard Bike Town before but I love it! Let’s make sure it doesn’t end up biketown though. Two words, for sure.
    I think of Melrose Hill as between Western and Normandie and Santa Monica and Melrose (or more specifically the HPOZ within those boundaries) and I use “East Hollywood” as a catch all that could include Melrose Hill, Virgil Village, Thai Town, Your Mom’s House and so on…
    Bike Town. Rad.

    Comment by qualifiedcondition — September 17, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

  5. Sweet… Ukrainians Rock!

    Comment by MarkSEm — September 18, 2008 @ 2:35 am


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