Torrence

Torrence


Torrance is a city in the South Bay, a collection of beachside communities located in southern Los Angeles County, approximately 10 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Founded in 1912, Torrance was incorporated in 1921, and includes 1.5 miles of shoreline on the Pacific Ocean. This quiet town’s neighbors include the seaside cities of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach. Torrance enjoys a moderate climate year round and refreshing ocean breezes. It is a residential and light high-tech haven, and is known for having an abundance of trees and over 30 city parks. Torrance is the birthplace of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). The Tongva Indian tribe occupied the land on which Torrance sits for thousands of years. In the 1900’s, real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance wanted to create a community that was a mix of residential and commercial structures, and he hired an architect to built the “perfect” planned city.

Torrance residents enjoy services indicative of a big city, such as shopping malls like the Del Amo Fashion Center. The Del Amo mall is comprised of 2.5 million square feet of retail space, and is one of the largest in the US. Torrance boasts a Cultural Arts Center and several parks like Wilson Park, 44 acres of picnic spots, sports courts, and a roller hockey rink. Each year, Torrance hosts the Armed Forces Day Parade, first held in 1960 and the longest running parade by a city in the US. The city has its own local farmers’ market, which brings fresh fruits and vegetables to the community, a miniature railroad, and a wildlife preserve and nature center that is a wetlands habitat for coastal sage, native plants, and birds.

Torrance is served by the Torrance Unified School District, which includes five high schools. Houses located around the first streets constructed in the city, Gramercy and Andreo, turn 100 in 2012, and Torrance’s Old Town District is a wonderful place to view Mission Revival and Modernist architecture. The population in Torrance, as of the 2010 census, is 145,438.

Torrance boasts of 1.5 miles of beach coastline, 2.5 million square feet Del Amo Fashion Centre, one of country’s biggest malls, and other attractions including the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the country’s longest running military parade by any city, and Alpine Village, a European style restaurant-cum-shopping complex.




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