Neighborhood Spotlight: Highland ParkBy Lesley Balla | February 18, 2014 By Lesley Balla | February 18, 2014
Whether its inhabitants want us to say it or not, Highland Park has become one of the hotter neighborhoods in LA right now. An early haven for intellectuals and artists, the demographic has fluctuated through the years, but the the funky bohemian spirit has always jibed with the predominantly Latino residents and businesses. Today a fresh wave of creativity is blowing through its streets. New galleries, vintage boutiques, design shops, cafes and gastropubs are popping up consistently along the Figueroa and York corridors, bringing everything from vinyl to locally made pottery and French crêpes to the hipster masses. (Hence the neighborhood's newish nickname: Highland Parque.) Comedian Marc Maron is so proud of his neighborhood that he regularly features locals in his weekly podcast and IFC show, Maron. Not to mention, it is one of those uniquely walkable corners of the city: there's even an art walk on the second Saturday of every month. Here's a neighborhood primer on where to eat, drink and shop in Highland Park.