Mid-City Heights, Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation has installed neighborhood signage at the following locations: West Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, West Boulevard and the Santa Monica Freeway, La Brea Avenue and Washington Boulevard, La Brea Avenue and the Santa Monica Freeway, and Washington Boulevard and Hauser Street.
The neighborhood lies within the larger area of Mid-City, Los Angeles.
Prior to acquiring the name "Mid-City Heights", the area was an unnamed section within Mid-City Los Angeles. A petition to name the area Mid-City Heights began circulating in the community in September 2015. A petition to name a neighborhood must contain 500 signatures from residents and businesses the reside in the community being named. The petition with 540 signatures was submitted to the Los Angeles City Clerk on January 7, 2017.
After the gathered signatures were submitted, the city process of approval began, which included finding out if the area hadn't already been given a name in the distant past. It hadn't. The naming effort went through various City Hall agencies, a City Hall motion, and a Mid-City Neighborhood Council (MINC) vote. On June 30, 2017, the name was approved by the city.
In December 2017, residents formed the Mid-City Heights coalition and, in conjunction with their LAPD senior lead officers, cleaned up a homeless encampment near the Santa Monica Freeway and Highland Avenue.
Landmarks and attractions
The following landmarks lie within the boundaries of Mid-City Heights.
- Nate Holden Performing Arts Center – Located at 4718 West Washington Boulevard, the center is the home of the Ebony Repertory Theater Company
- Charles Bukowski's childhood home – 2122 South Longwood Avenue
- United States Post Office, Ray Charles Station - located at 4960 West Washington Boulevard. Renamed in honor of singer Ray Charles in 2005.
- Office of the City Clerk (March 8, 2017). "Application to Name or Rename Community" (PDF). LAcity.org. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
Hauser Blvd. to the west and Washington Blvd. to the north. West Blvd. to the east and the 10 Freeway to the south.
- Office of the City Clerk (February 15, 2017). "Mid City Heights Map" (PDF). LACity.org. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
- Lawrence, Dianne (August 9, 2017). "Welcome Mid-City Heights". CityWatchLA.com.
- Lawrence, Dianne (August 9, 2017). "Welcome Mid-City Heights". The Neighborhood News Online.
- Lawrence, Diane (December 15, 2017). "Mid City Heights Coalition Takes Steps to deal with Homeless Encampment". The Neighborhood News Online. Retrieved 30 June 2023.
- "Archives - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. 23 May 2004.
- Kudler, Adrian Glick (May 26, 2015). "Charles Bukowski's Famous Childhood Home in Mid-City LA is For Sale". Curbed LA.