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Vigorous debate on most neighborhoods, silence from a few

February 20, 2009 |  2:25 pm

Mappingla200_2Yesterday morning, we asked readers for help mapping the neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. The response has been tremendous. More than 870 posts offering advice and observations are already up and many readers have used our mapping tool to draw their own versions of what the boundaries should be.

The areas with the most conversation so far? Silver Lake, Mid-City and Sawtelle.

We're still looking for guidance in a few areas where no one has yet weighed in: Elysian Park, Jefferson Park, Griffith Park and Panorama City.

There is also no comment yet on a specific neighborhood that we are calling, at least for now, South Los Angeles [which is not to be confused with a group of neighborhoods that fall under the South region.]

According to the current version of our map, South Los Angeles the neighborhood runs south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard along the western side of the 110 Freeway to South Van Ness Avenue.

One question that has come up repeatedly is whether The Times really needs to be mapping L.A. at all. Numerous representatives from the city's neighborhood councils have left posts urging us to stand down and instead use the work they already did in the early 2000s. But other readers say they are pleased to see us give it a shot. 

Armando Rivas said this on the Mount Washington map: "Finally I know where I live! I recently moved here and some people said I lived in Glassell Park others said it was Mount Washington and some even suggested I lived in Cypress Park. I started saying I lived 'North of Downtown L.A.' to make things easier. I'm right at the beginning (or end) of these 3 areas on Isabel Drive and I can say I live in Mt. Washington and have a source to back it up... :) Great job!