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Hot Topic: Eric Garcetti Backs 'Peru Village'

See the text of the motion he introduced Tuesday, attached.

Silver Lake resident, Council District 13 rep and mayoral candidate, Eric Garcetti has been taking some heat on Patch for the motion he offered on Tuesday.

It would designate an area of Hollywood along Vine Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue as "Peru Village."

The designation is similar to others created by the City Councl including Echo Park's Historic Filipinotown south of the 101 Freeway, East Hollywood's Thai Town and West Adams' El Salvador Community Corridor near USC.

Tania Tapia, a second generation Peruvian-American spoke on behalf of the motion Tuesday at City Hall, calling it a way to have a greater impact socially, culturally and economically."

She also noted that it would be a way to give back to the country that had welcomed her parents.

But looking over the comments on the Patch story Tuesday on the topic, we see that not everyone is pleased, suggesting some "pandering" may be going on.

Mary Ledding had this to say:  "I've lived in Hollywood 35 years and am not aware of a large Peruvian community in it. To name Vine street 'Peru Village' is like making it a fantasy ride at Disneyland."

Juliet Montague added: "Traveling east on Santa Monica, all the businesses are Latino instantly! How about we just give Santa Monica EAST of Vine a city sign: Little South America?"

And ,finally, from Al Sanchez: "So a bunch of Peruvians want a whole stretch of a famous street to represent them? Is there anything in L.A. that represents white people anymore? So sick of Latinos and their pushing agendas. And I'm Latino."

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Bearing in mind that Olvera Street and Chinatown both started as similarly designated "districts" almost a century ago--with architecture to match--what do you think of Eric Garcetti's motion?

El Cid December 14, 2012 at 03:13 AM
This is definitely a sensitive topic. Many, many years ago neighborhoods or communities were identified by their heavy concentration of minority immigrants who came to LA. Many lived within the concentrated areas, as a necessary means to having supportive people help them adjust in this vibrant city. In my opinion, today the newly identified areas are counterproductive and unnecessary.
Ish December 14, 2012 at 09:29 AM
I agree. I like Chinatown, Korea town, and Little Tokyo. I'm not too fond of newer ones like Filipinotown, Little Armenia, and Thai Town. There's no need for any new ones.
nonoise December 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
No new communities. They divide instead of unite. Los Angeles used to be a melting pot where everyone lived everywhere. Now with new identities people where move where their race or culture are. That divides people instead of uniting. Los Angeles used to be one big city. Now it is your race belongs over there in your community. Big mistake. The city council has created a monster and there may be no going back. Sad to see Los Angeles getting divided into race communities. Sad.
Culturevator December 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Garcetti: phony with a phony photo op. When will we stop voting for these poly-ticians? I'm in agreement with nonoise,for once
Nimby pimp December 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Garcetti appears to be an ethnic opportunist/impersonator par excellence. True. But your understanding of LA's racial history is non-existent. Racial covenants existed and were enforced in many areas of this town well into the 60's, resulting in one of the most segregated regions in the nation. Local police enforced sundown rules in areas like Hawthorne, Glendale and Beverly Hills - if you were non-white, you either got out of town before sundown, or you had a mess of trouble on your hands. It will very helpful for you and the community you seem to care so much about if you read a book every once in awhile. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
xoxo December 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I guess many of you are unaware, that area of town is where newcomers from Peru first start...... My grandparents, parents, all my aunts, uncles and cousins, and close family friends all have roots there. Maybe nobody notices Peruvians because everybody assumes we're Mexican or Salvadorean.... Nobody has ever guessed my ethnicity....ask any South American....Its time we have our own area....I completely support "PERUVIAN VILLAGE.." Maybe its time the dominant ethnicities of L. A. let smaller groups get recognized....
xoxo December 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I guess many of you are unaware, that area of town is where newcomers from Peru first start...... My grandparents, parents, all my aunts, uncles and cousins, and close family friends all have roots there. Maybe nobody notices Peruvians because everybody assumes we're Mexican or Salvadorean.... Nobody has ever guessed my ethnicity....ask any South American....Its time we have our own area....I completely support "PERUVIAN VILLAGE.." Maybe its time the dominant ethnicities of L. A. let smaller groups get recognized....
ELGATONEGRO December 15, 2012 at 09:58 AM
NIMBY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK!!!

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