Solano Canyon is set on the rolling hills of Elysian Park, with broad vistas of downtown Los Angeles. This historic community is the last remaining neighborhood that bordered the Chavez Ravine neighborhoods of La Loma, Palo Verde, and Bishop. Although divided by a ridge, Solano Canyon residents considered the Ravine residents to be their neighbors and friends, and many were distraught when the community was torn down in the late 1950s. Today the ridge is gone, swept away by bulldozers to clear a road to Dodger Stadium; but the Solano Canyon community remains as one of the last remaining relics of pre-Dodger Stadium Chavez Ravine
The land that is now Solano Canyon was originally purchased from the City of Los Angeles by Francisco Sales de Jésus Solano and his wife, María Rosa de las Mercedes Casanova, in 1866. Natives of Costa Rica, they built an adobe and used the land to live and work. Francisco Solano was a butcher in Sonora Town (just north of the Plaza Church along Calle Principal, or Main Street), and he moved his slaughterhouse and soap factory to the Canyon, while maintaining a corral on Main Street. The land was called Solano Ravine on maps by 1876, and the place where Francisco and Rosa lived was known as Solano Cañon. Solano Canyon became a true community after 1888, when Alfredo Solano, by then a prominent surveyor and the son of Francisco Solano and Rosa Casanova, subdivided the southernmost, 16-acre parcel of Francisco's property into the 100 lots that exist today. This property was known as Solano Tract—later Solano Tract No. 1—and it is all of that part of present-day Solano Canyon between Solano Avenue and Casanova Street and south of the Arroyo Seco Parkway (now California State Highway 110—the Pasadena Freeway).
The community boasts an elementary school, its own Mission Church, and a community garden. It is home both to long-time and new residents that include artists, city workers, musicians, teachers, filmmakers, professionals, and writers. The community’s neighbors include the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Police Academy, historic Chinatown, and Echo Park.
"Tucked away down the hill from Dodger Stadium, impervious to the incessant ruckus of the Pasadena Freeway, is the nicest neighborhood you've never heard of." [Maryann Hudson-Harvey, Los Angeles Times, 05 November 1999].