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Little Armenia as viewed from Griffith Observatory

Little Armenia is a community that is part of the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It falls within the area referred to as East Hollywood. The area is served by the Metro Red Line at the Hollywood/Western station.

Little Armenia is defined by the Los Angeles City Council as "the area bounded on the north by Hollywood Blvd between the 101 Freeway and Vermont Ave, on the east by Vermont Avenue from Hollywood Blvd to Santa Monica Blvd, on the south by Santa Monica Blvd between Vermont Ave and U.S. Route 101 and on the west by Route 101 from Santa Monica Blvd to Hollywood Blvd". (Adopted on 6 October 2000.)[1] It also overlaps substantially with Thai Town.

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History and geography

St. Garabed Church on Alexandria Avenue
Armenian Genocide protest in Little Armenia

Its name comes from the large number of Armenian-Americans that live in the area and also from the large number of Armenian stores and businesses that had already opened in the neighborhood by the early 1970s.

St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church is an Armenian church that is located inside Little Armenia. St. Garabed church is the place of prayer for the vast majority of Armenians living in Hollywood. It is located on Alexandria Avenue and it was built in 1978. The church is located front of the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School.

Little Armenia's only public park is Barnsdall Art Park, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House and a city-run arts center built in 1919-1921. The park, located on small but scenic Olive Hill, was donated to the city of Los Angeles by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall.

Many of the novels, short stories and poems of Charles Bukowski, a native of East Hollywood, are set in the area.

One of the major event that occurs in "Little Armenia" is every year on April 24, Armenians gather in Hollywood to take part in a protest for the recognition of Armenian Genocide. Though Hollywood was once home the biggest Armenian community in the region, Glendale surpassed Hollywood in both the number and proportion of Armenians in population, while Burbank, Pasadena, and La Crescenta also have large Armenian communities, but with no special designation.

Today, in spite of some streets in the neighborhood showing signs of neglect, there are some streets that together form pockets of decently-kept middle class homes. Due to the high real estate prices in Los Angeles in general, much of Little Armenia and East Hollywood still have home prices higher than in other parts of the city and much of Los Angeles County.[2]

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Coordinates: 34°5′53.21″N 118°18′1.79″W / 34.0981139°N 118.3004972°W / 34.0981139; -118.3004972


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