Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Certified: 02/11/2003

3371 Glendale Blvd., Unit 105
Los Angeles, CA 90039

City Council District 13 (CD13)
Councilman: Mitch O'Farrell

Atwater Village lies between the Los Angeles River to the west and Glendale to the north and east. In addition, the neighborhood shares borders with the neighborhoods of Silver Lake to the south, Elysian Valley to the southeast, Glassell Park to the northeast, and Los Feliz and Griffith Park across the river to the west. Much of Atwater lies in the old river flood plain, which resulted in deep, fertile soil.

Principal thoroughfares include San Fernando Road, Fletcher Drive, and Los Feliz and Glendale Boulevards. The Golden State and Glendale Freeways run along the district's western and southeastern borders, respectively.

What is now Atwater Village began originally as a part of Rancho San Rafael, which covered much of what is now Glendale and northeastern Los Angeles. In 1868, W.C.B. Richardson purchased a portion of the rancho and renamed it Rancho Santa Eulalia. This land eventually fell into the family of Harriet Atwater Paramore, for whom the neighborhood was originally named as "Atwater Park", which was a poppy field at the time it was first subdivided in 1912.

In subsequent decades, residents began to settle in the area. Many new residents were newly prosperous workers, including many working at the nearby DWP substation. Spanish-style houses and bungalows were built in the 1920s to 1940s, many of which still retain their original details. Growth was aided by the construction of a line of the Pacific Electric Railway with its distinctive "red cars", which ran down Glendale Boulevard. The line, along with the rest of the streetcar system, however, was dismantled in favor of freeways and buses.

The Tam O'Shanter Inn, established in 1922, is one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles County. Walt Disney was a frequent patron there.

Franciscan Pottery, a well-known manufacter of pottery and dinnerware, was located in Atwater. The company moved the plant to China in 1978 and the large property is now occupied by Costco, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.

Before Interstate 5 there was a drive-in movie theatre at the corner of Riverside Dr. and Los Feliz for a brief period in the late 1950s.

As of the 2000 census, there are 8,042 people in the neighborhood.[citation needed] The makeup of the neighborhood is 48.01% White, 47.90% are Hispanic or Latino, 2.15% African American, 0.66% Native American, 19.09% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 23.84% from other races, and 6.06% from two or more races.

Atwater has 12,000 households. About 90% of residences are single-family homes. In 2003, the Atwater Village neighborhood had an estimated 16,000 residents.

Los Angeles Unified School District operates the following public schools:

    * Atwater Avenue Elementary School
    * Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary School
    * Washington Irving Middle School
    * John Marshall High School

National Catholic Educational Association operates the following schools:

    * Holy Trinity School

Los Angeles Public Library operates the Atwater Village Branch.

(information supplied from Wikipedia.com)

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