Exploring Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles 90031


Views from Lincoln Park, on the south side of the neighborhood. The park was originally built in 1881.

Lincoln Heights is considered to be the oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles.Some of the buildings date to the 1830s and the area was located within the original Spanish forty-square league land grant. There are a number of victorian and early craftsman homes preserved with the HPOZ.

Located just north of DTLA, it is bound on the west by the Los Angeles River, the I-10 to the south, Indiana Street to the east, the northern boundary is undefined due to hilly territory where it borders Montecito Heights.

Originally called “East Los Angeles”, the name was changed to “Lincoln Heights” in 1917 after the death of many of the confederate founding fathers of Los Angeles. At the turn of the 20th century, increased industrial development along the Los Angeles River drove out many of the wealthy residents of the neighborhood, who moved west to Angelino Heights, Hancock Park (after 1920) and Hollywood. Italian, Irish, French and Mexican American residents took their place.

The 2000 census shows a diverse population: Latinos, 70.7%; Asians, 25.2%; whites, 2.7%; blacks, 0.4%; and others, 1.0%.

There is a metro stop on the Gold Line north-west corner of the neighborhood, allowing easy access to Highland Park, Chinatown, Pasadena and DTLA.

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The Heights Deli & Bottle Shop – Brand new deli with opening soon.
Maddalena – Fine Italian Dining and wine.
Barbara’s at the Brewery – Restaurant/bar at the Brewery complex, good for groups.
Corn Man – “For 1.50, you get a loaded bowl of corns or on the cob with butter, mayo, chili and lime. He does not skimp on it AT ALL!” – Yelp review.
El Huarachito – Great authentic Mexican food, small place, super friendly staff.
Carnitas Michoacan – tacos 24 hours a day!
Dino’s – old school burger stand, get the zucchini fries. Solid meals, cheap.


Reformation Station – pilates studio
St.Vincent du Paul – huge thrift store (main store in LA)
La Petite Gardenia – artsy florist
Revival Furniture – thrift shop furniture
Skeletons in the Closet (LA County Coroner gift shop – super weird, go visit)

Tile on a broadway facade.
A very fancy El Pollo Loco on Broadway


A church converted into a home.


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San Antonio Winery opened in the neighborhood in 1917, and continues to produce wine (although now with non local grapes), they also have a fine Italian restaurant Maddalena, a tasting room and wine shop. They survived prohibition by making communion wine for the Catholic Church.

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Originally an Edison power plant (and later a Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery) dating to 1903 this complex of 21 former industrial buildings (now 320 oversized lofts) that was converted into a huge arts community in 1982. It has been called the largest arts complex in the world. Stop by and visit Barbara’s at the Brewery, their restaurant/bar that is open the public. Gym opening soon. Twice annual art walks.


The Los Angeles River
In 2014, Army Corp of Engineers recommended the larger 1 Billion dollar proposal to revitalize the Los Angeles River. While some of that funding is still being sought it is clear that there is a lot of change coming to the LA River corridor. Plans include parks, bike paths, habitat, access to the water, and a lot of economic revitalization. A number of projects are slated for the section of the river located between DTLA and Elysian Valley.

Below is a collage from the Greenway 2020 proposal to make the LA River more accessible.


The Piggyback Yard – There is a proposal to turn the huge Piggyback Yards (railroad yard), along the LA River into a massive riverfront green space. It is not a done deal yet, but it could be a huge addition to the city and amazing for Lincoln Heights. Stay tuned!

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