The Living City
Believe it or not, it all started with the L.A. River. Not the cement land-gash that is todays monstrosity, but the real, natural Río de Los Angeles (then known as the Río Porciúncula). In 1777, the Spanish Governor of California, Felipe de Neve, ordered that a pueblo be established along the river north of the San Gabriel Mission. The primary purpose of the pueblo would be to reaffirm Spains claim over the territory, but it would also assist in supplying and feeding the Spanish military forces in the region. Believing that the river location was ideal for irrigation as well as a potential transportation source, the Governor instructed Don Fernando Rivera y Moncada to recruit colonists to settle the new pueblo. On September 14, 1781, El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) was officially established, with 44 men, women and children from 12 families calling it home.
Were a little bigger now. Over the past 224 years those 44 people have grown into more than 3.9 million, making Los Angeles the second-largest city in the country. We have paved 7,633 miles of streets over 469 square miles of land. We are home to the worlds largest man-made port and the nations third-largest shopping mall. We are the largest point of entry for immigrants to the United States and home to the largest populations of Armenians, Cambodians, Filipinos, Guatemalans, Koreans, Thais, Mexicans, and Salvadorans outside of their respective countries. We are Los Angeles - the entertainment capital of the world, and a Mecca for those seeking fame and fortune.
But who are we really?
We are more than our movies and music. We are more than traffic jams and boob jobs. We are more than sunglasses and cell phones, earthquakes and race riots. We are more than the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Galaxy, Kings and Avengers combined. We are not stars, symbols, statistics or stereotypes. We are the living, breathing men and women who work, play and dream right next door. You know us. Weve met. We are you. We are Los Angeles. Welcome to the neighborhood.
Every Angeleno is an L.A. story. Theres the 20-year-old kid who just flew in from Nebraska with a big smile and bigger dreams. Thats the 70-year-old barber whos been cutting hair in the same shop on the same corner since 1961. Hes the failed drummer who made a fortune trading albums on eBay. Shes the principal at the high school where she was once suspended for smoking pot. These are your neighbors - and you are theirs.
In the following pages, we will introduce you to Los Angeles from the inside: a living-room view of some people and communities that are changing the definition of the Los Angeles home. In addition, we offer some essential guides to L.A. living, with information and resources for every Angeleno. So sit back, relax and meet your neighbors. Come inside as they give you a glimpse of who they are and how they live.
This is Los Angeles. This is The Living City.
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Editor: Dean Purvis Project Coordinator: Miranda Martin Research Assistant: Nici Edwards Snookie Stoddard, Classified Advertising Director Colin Thompson, Director of New Business Development Miranda Martin, Real Estate & Rentals Manager Nici Edwards, Sales Assistant
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