Glassell Park/Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California

Glassell Park is a neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, California, in the San Rafael Hills.

The 2000 U.S. Census counted 23,467 residents in the 2.75-square-mile Glassell Park neighborhood—or 8,524 people per square mile, an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 24,816. The median age for residents was 30, about average for the city and county.

The neighborhood was considered “moderately diverse” ethnically, with a high percentage of Asians and Latinos. As of the early 2000s, the breakdown was Latinos, 66.1%; whites, 13.7%; Asians, 17.4%; blacks, 1.4%; and others, 1.4%. The 2010 Census reported Latinos, 61%; Whites 15.55%; Asians 20.47%; and Blacks, 1.79%. Mexico (49.3%) and the Philippines (16.2%) were the most common places of birth for the 51.5% of residents who were born abroad, a relatively high percentage compared to the city as a whole.

Like its ethnic composition, Glassell Park is inhabited by a wide variety of socioeconomic groups and is experiencing significant demographic change and economic development. The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $50,098, an average figure for Los Angeles. The percentage of households that earned $20,000 to $40,000 yearly was high for Los Angeles County. The average household size of 3.3 people was high for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 56.2% of the housing stock and house- or apartment owners held 43.8%.

According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Glassell Park is bordered on the north by Glendale, on the northeast and east by Eagle Rock, on the southeast by Mount Washington, on the south and southwest by Elysian Valley and on the west by Atwater Village.

The neighborhood is located in a relatively hilly region of the San Rafael Hills mountain range. Due to its hilly geography, many Glassell Park homes are built on hillsides with views of the surrounding area. Like many hillside areas in Southern California, the LAFD imposes parking restrictions on certain streets during high-fire-danger “red flag” days.

In early 2013, a local artist installed large letters spelling “Glassellland” in the vacant hills above the Glassell Park Recreation Center. The name “Glassellland” is a reference to “Hollywoodland”—a real estate development whose promotional sign still stands as the famous Hollywood Sign.

 

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