Highland Park

Highland Park


Highland Park is a community located in northeast Los Angeles, running along the Arroyo Seco. The land was once part of Rancho San Raphael, and the city was one of the first settled neighborhoods in the greater LA area. Surrounded by hills, Highland Park enjoys a scenic beauty not available to many other cities in the LA basin. It is surrounded by the districts of Mount Washington, Montecito Heights, and Monterey Hills, and sits close to Pasadena, South Pasadena, and the Pasadena Freeway. Eagle Rock and Glassell Park are also nearby. Highland Park is featured in many films, due to its desirable location and picturesque backdrop. You may recognize streets and structures in movies like Reservoir Dogs, La Bamba, and Karate Kid III.

Highland Park is home to the Southwest Museum, which features a huge collection of Native American artifacts, one of oldest collections in the country. Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, founded in 1923, was built in 1930 and is the second oldest synagogue in all of Los Angeles that still stands at its original location. An amazing attraction to visit in Highland Park is Heritage Square, a museum consisting of preserved Victorian homes that was created to save early Los Angeles history and architecture during the years of rapid build-out. Highland Park residents enjoy shopping at a local certified farmers’ market that brings in farm-fresh fruits and vegetables once a week. The city boasts several beautiful parks like Arroyo Seco Park and Ernest Debs Regional Park, which hosts festivals, events, and wildlife viewings on its expansive grounds.

Highland Park is served by the Metro Gold light rail line, which travels through the city, from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. Commuters especially love this route, as it features meandering tracks with gorgeous views along the way. Metro buses and the Highland Park MTA system make it easy to get around the city of Highland Park. Families with children are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, which offers several elementary schools, a middle school, and high school. The population of Highland Park is mostly Latino, and has a nice mix of other races that integrate seamlessly. The largely white community of residents that was prominent in the 1920’s moved to nearby neighborhoods like Temple City and the San Fernando Valley in the 60’s and 70’s, Highland Park is going through a gentrification, which is prompting ordinances to preserve historic streets and a revitalization of some old Craftsman buildings.

Important attractions are the Casa de Adobe, a museum exhibiting the 19th century LA history, and the exclusive Southwest Museum being LAs first museum, displaying magnificent past of southern California, Native American history and artifacts. Also popular is, the Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, also known as Highland Park Masonic Temple, a historic three-story mason building and second oldest synagogue in LA.




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