Welcome to Mid-City, a small, mostly residential neighborhood in Central Los Angeles. Located to the west of Downtown, Mid-City is a densely-populated area with over 15,000 per square mile, ranking it as one of the highest population densities in Los Angeles. While the boundaries are somewhat disputed, Mid-City is roughly bordered by Hoover Street on the east, the Santa Monica Freeway on the south, Robertson Boulevard on the west, and Olympic Boulevard on the north. This area owes its existence to the trolley lines that shuffled people back and forth between Downtown and the coastal cities of Santa Monica and Venice, passing through what today is known as Mid-City. Isolated suburbs were erected along these trolley tracks and slowly spread outward away from them as more people moved closer to the city’s central business district. Massive neighborhood development starting in the 1920s laid the groundwork for what would later become the highly-trafficked area through which hundreds of thousands of Angelenos commute every day for work. Mid-City continued to be a major junction and terminus for Los Angeles Railway and Pacific Electric streetcars until 1963 when remaining lines were removed after years of declining usage as more working professionals resorted to interstate travel.

Home to artists, musicians, and even famous writers, such as Charles Bukowski in his early years, Mid-City today is a highly diverse area with a median age of approximately 31. Mid-City contains 11 sub-neighborhoods within its borders, all of which hold unique characteristics that set them apart from one another. The one common theme among them is the classic, pre-war architecture seen in the residences that occupy the pedestrian-friendly streets of Mid-City. Well-preserved Spanish Colonial Revival homes and duplexes in Picfair Village are some of the finest specimens of this style of architecture in the City of Los Angeles. You can also find exquisite American Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, and Tudor Revival style homes in Victoria Park, some of which have served as locations in feature films and TV shows. Mid-City offers a decent selection of public elementary schools, making it a popular neighborhood for families with kids. Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue serve as this neighborhood’s two main commercial corridors, along which you can find supermarkets, retail stores, and a variety of ethnic restaurants, including Chinese, Jamaican, Korean, Mexican, and Ethiopian. A local favorite, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, can be found on Pico Boulevard, a well-known street among foodies in the Los Angeles area. Location is key for residents of Mid-City. Despite a general lack of subway stations, easy access to the Santa Monica Freeway makes this neighborhood a commuter’s paradise for working professionals. For those that don’t drive, numerous bus stops throughout Mid-City will get you where you need to go.