The Housing Chronicles Blog: The neighborhoods of Los Angeles, defined

Friday, February 27, 2009

The neighborhoods of Los Angeles, defined

The L.A. Times has an interesting new interactive feature to help define (or redefine) the sprawling city's 87 neighborhoods. Note that this map doesn't include the numerous incorporated cities that surround or are adjacent to Los Angeles, such as Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Burbank:

So far, Times staffers have laid out 87 communities within the city limits. Many of these include well-known smaller neighborhoods--such as Larchmont or Little Tokyo--which are listed under larger communities, at least for now.

Let us know what you think. As you explore the neighborhoods, you can leave comments and even draw the boundaries as you see them. For several weeks, we plan to listen as we finalize what will become The Times' standard for L.A. neighborhoods and the basis for more interactive projects to come.

What are really interesting to read are the comments from local residents on how they define their neighborhoods differently than the U.S. Census Bureau, from where these original maps were made. That's why the Times is inviting readers to use their mapping software to re-draw neighborhood boundaries.

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