The Yucca Corridor received its name at the first general meeting of the Ivar Hill Community Association in April 1991, where President Joe Shea proposed the name to help city officials become accustomed to thinking of it as one issue. Until then, individual streets that crossed Yucca Street were the focus of crime eradication efforts. The use of a single term caught on as separate Neighborhood Watch groups—the Ivar Hawks, Cherokee Condors, Las Palms Lions, Wilcox Werewolves, Whitley Rangers, Saving Grace, and Hudson Howlers—began working in unison as the United Streets of Hollywood in 1989.
That umbrella group brought surveillance cameras to the most troubling corner—Wilcox at Yucca—and through group efforts got foot patrols and other attention from police that began to slowly turn around the troubled, dangerous community. Shea said that more than 23 people had been shot on Yucca just between Cahuenga Boulevard and Iva Avenue, a 200-yard stretch of the Yucca Corridor that often figured in news reports and documentaries about Hollywood's crime problem during the 1990s. The closing of La Iguerita, a dangerous bar near Iva and Yucca, and the 1994 Northridge earthquake gave a foothold from which to begin a redevelopment cycle, after which the community emerged safer and more tourist-friendly. The turnaround was so drastic that by the mid-2000s many of those who fought to save this historic part of Hollywood could no longer afford to live there.
As of the 2000 Census, the Yucca Corridor has 6,177 people living in 3,578 households. Of these households, 75% are non-family, 99% rent their dwellings, and about 40% have no vehicles. The neighborhood is considered one of the most diverse in Southern California, with a population that is 44% white, 35% Latino, 10% black, and 7% Asian. It has a population density of roughly 37,000 persons per square mile, the densest block having over 80,000 per square mile.