Mid-City, Santa Monica 

 

Mid-City, Santa Monica is LA’s smallest neighborhood, and it’s located just west of Downtown LA. It’s known for its large concentration of Armenian restaurants, but it has plenty more to offer. If you want to live in a vibrant neighborhood with easy access to shopping, dining, and public transportation, Mid-City is your place. Mid-City’s streets, alleys, and sidewalks are lined with varied businesses, restaurants, shops, and community spaces. The area includes Pico Boulevard from Wilshire to Beverly, and from College Avenue to Ocean Park Boulevard. Mid-City is bounded by Westwood on the south, Westwood Manor on the north, the Santa Monica Airport on the west, and Pico on the west.

The Mid-City neighborhood, in Santa Monica, California, is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Mid-City is bordered by the Santa Monica Freeway (Highway 10) to the north; 31st Street to the east; Olympic Boulevard to the south; and Lincoln Boulevard to the west. Mid-City is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Santa Monica, with an average of 23,000 residents per square mile. The population of Mid-City is 45% whites; 28% Latinos; 9% African-American; 5% Asian/Pacific Islander; and 7% other races.

At the core of everything we do at the Historical Society is history education. In honor of California History Month this March, let’s take a look at some of the history surrounding Mid-City.

A recent article in the LA Times described the traffic situation in the Mid-City, Santa Monica area as “Carmageddon”, “a parking lot” and “a city-wide conga line”. It noted that it has gotten so bad that local businesses are offering free parking during the busiest hours.

This is a really good recreation of the Mid-City Santa Monica area. The buildings are accurate down to the smallest details. This recreation very closely matches the actual layout of the area and is a very close representation of how the area looked in the late ’50s.

In the late 1800s, a group of wealthy business owners built their homes around a large central park. The park provided an oasis of green space in an increasingly urbanized region, and it became a popular destination for the local community. When the business owners sold their properties, those houses were moved to new locations in the city and replaced with more modern, larger homes. Today, the original park is still there, but the homes that surrounded it have been replaced with high-rise, multi-family apartment buildings. This is the story of the recreation of Mid-City, Santa Monica.

In the past six years, the neighborhood has become such a desirable place to live that house prices have increased about 50 percent. A two-story house on North Saint Andrews Place sold for $2.8 million in late 2007, then sold for $4.1 million in 2016.

The Neighborhood Council of Mid-City, Santa Monica is a representative body of residents, property owners, businesses, schools, and other stakeholders who meet regularly to discuss issues affecting the Mid-City neighborhood of Santa Monica, California.

The mission of the Neighborhood Council of Mid-City is to promote, preserve, and enhance the quality of life and well-being of the Mid-City community. We work toward this goal by advising City officials and other decision makers on matters of community concern and addressing those concerns with solutions that are responsive and appropriate to the Mid-City neighborhood.

This Council includes the Mar Vista, Palms, and Mid-City neighborhoods of the city of Santa Monica, California. The Council’s organization is an all-volunteer group of neighborhood representatives from all three of the neighborhood’s geographical sections, which are identified by the three schools that serve the respective sections. The Palms is the northernmost section, and is bounded by Wilshire Boulevard on the north, Pico Boulevard on the south, Lincoln Boulevard on the east, and the Santa Monica city limits on the west. The Palms neighborhood has two representatives to the Neighborhood Council.

School of Mid-City is a private, non-profit school offering an early education program (ages 18 months through 2nd grade) located in the heart of Santa Monica. In addition, the school is an active member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), which provides an exceptional educational program to the City’s students. The school is located just north of Santa Monica High School at 2nd and Santa Monica Blvd.