Little Armenia, Los Angeles
Little Armenia as viewed from Griffith Observatory
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Little Armenia (Armenian: Փոքր Հայաստան) is a community that is part of the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It falls within the area referred to as East Hollywood. The area is served by the Metro Red Line at the Hollywood/Western, Vermont/Sunset and Vermont/Santa Monica stations.
Little Armenia is defined by the Los Angeles City Council as "the area bounded on the north by Hollywood Boulevard between the 101 Freeway and Vermont Avenue, on the east by Vermont Avenue from Hollywood Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, on the south by Santa Monica Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and U.S. Route 101 and on the west by Route 101 from Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard" (adopted on 6 October 2000). It also overlaps substantially with Thai Town.
History and geography
The name comes from the large number of Armenian-Americans who live in the area and also from the large number of Armenian stores and businesses that had already opened in the neighborhood by the early 1970s.
St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church is an Armenian church that is located inside Little Armenia. St. Garabed church is the place of worship for the vast majority of Armenians living in Hollywood. It is located on Alexandria Avenue and it was built in 1978. The church is located in front of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School.
The main Los Angeles Branch of the Church of Scientology has been located in Little Armenia on Sunset Bl. between N. Catalina St. and L. Ron Hubbard Way since 1977. In 1996 a small section of what was N. Berendo St. was renamed L. Ron Hubbard way.
Little Armenia's only public park is Barnsdall Art Park, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House and a city-run arts center built in 1919-1921. The park, located on small but scenic Olive Hill, was donated to the city of Los Angeles by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall.
On April 24 each year, Armenians gather in Hollywood to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. Though Hollywood was once home to the biggest Armenian community in the region, Glendale surpassed Hollywood in both the total number and proportion of Armenians in population, while Burbank, Pasadena, Montebello, and La Crescenta also have large Armenian communities but with no special designation.
Metro subway stations include:
Numerous bus lines run on the major thoroughfares, including Metro's Rapid and Local service lines. Los Angeles Department of Transportation's DASH shuttle lines, serving East Hollywood, Hollywood, and the Griffith Observatory, also operate in the area.
Thirteen percent of East Hollywood residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average figure for the city and the county, but the percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county.
Schools within Little Armenia's borders are:
- Barnsdall Art Park
- Hollyhock House
- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
- Zankou Chicken's first American restaurant
- Armenian Genocide Memorial Square, not yet finished
- Armenian American
- History of the Armenian Americans in Los Angeles
- List of Armenian-Americans
- Armenian Diaspora
- Armenian Assembly of America
- Armenian American Political Action Committee
- Armenian National Committee of America
- Armenian Youth Federation
- Little Armenia, New York
- Little Armenia Designation
- "Church of Scientology of Los Angeles - All Are Welcome!". Church of Scientology of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
- "How Scientology got L.A. to name street after L. Ron Hubbard". latimes.com. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
-  "East Hollywood," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
-  "East Hollywood Schools," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
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