The Future is the Past

Content on these pages was generated by students in HST 371, Southern California History, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in Spring 2013.

In the fall of 2012, Forbes Magazine highlighted Silver Lake’s demographics by voting it “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhood.”  With large varieties of food, art, and farmer’s markets, it is no wonder why Silver Lake has drawn “a multicultural blend of residents with eclectic professions.” (Brennan)

According to the U.S. Census taken in 2000, 30,972 people were believed to be residing in its 2.75 mile region. (LA Times) While the population has continued to grow, in doing so, it has remained diverse in both its community and culture.

The neighborhood seems to be in a period of transition from an older community to a young hip community. The emerging craft beer scene has immersed itself within the radius of these neighborhoods with gastro pub after gastro pub. Boutique shops, hip restaurants, and trendy bars also line the streets with gay pride flags blow in the Santa Ana winds in their entryways. This community is at the forefront of a movement to revitalize Los Angeles.