Los Angeles/Eastside

The Eastside of Los Angeles includes the unincorporated communities of East LA and City Terrace, and the Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, and El Sereno neighborhoods of Los Angeles proper, just east of Downtown. We also cover Northeast LA here, including Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights and Mount Washington.


The Eastside of the City of Los Angeles was originally settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It contains relics of a number of architectural styles, chiefly Craftsman, Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival. For much of its history, it contained many of Los Angeles' ethnoburbs. Lincoln Heights once had a substantial Italian-American population, and Boyle Heights had substantial Jewish, Eastern European, and Japanese populations. The Eastside has always had a substantial Hispanic population, and today Mexican-American is the predominant ethnicity on the Eastside. Many prominent Latino demonstrations have taken place on the Eastside. The Eastside is also the epicenter of the various Latino gangs in Los Angeles, particularly in Boyle Heights and Glassell Park (The Avenues).

Topographically, much of the Eastside consists of rolling hills. Many of the streets on the Eastside are at incline, and there are several instances of stairways.

Get in

The Mariachi Plaza Station on the Metro Gold Line

Six freeways serve the Eastside of Los Angeles. Interstate 5 parallels the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Cypress Park and, Lincoln Heights, before veering east in Boyle Heights. U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 60 also have a few exits in Boyle Heights before ending at the East Los Angeles Interchange. Interstate 10 runs for a few miles between Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. California State Route 110 (the Arroyo Seco Parkway) parallels the Arroyo Seco through Northeast LA. California State Route 2 runs north-south through Glassell Park and along the edge of Eagle Rock.

The Eastside and Northeast Los Angeles are served by the Metro Gold Line, which also serves Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. The Gold Line has three stops in East Los Angeles (on 3rd Street at Atlantic Blvd, Mednik Avenue and Ford Boulevard), four stops in Boyle Heights (along 1st Street at Indiana Street, Soto Street, Boyle Avenue, and Utah Street), one stop serving Lincoln Heights and Cypress Park at Avenue 26, two stops in Mount Washington (at French Avenue and Museum Drive), and one stop in Highland Park at Avenue 57.

A number of bus lines connect the Eastside to Downtown. These include Metro Bus Lines 18, 30, 62, 66, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 83, 84, 94, 378, 794, and Montebello Bus Lines 40 and 50 (see below for timetables). The Metro Silver Line bus has one stop near the USC+LAC Medical Center, and another at Cal State University Los Angeles. The CSULA Silver Line station is also a Metrolink station.

Get around

Here are some of the major streets in the region:


The Lummis House





Lodging options are few and far between in this area, with nearly all accomodations being budget motels, many of which have lousy reputations. A much wider variety of lodging can be found in nearby Pasadena, Glendale, and Downtown LA.

Go next

Routes through Eastside (by car)

Sacramento Downtown L.A.  N  S  Commerce Santa Ana
Santa Monica Downtown L.A.  W  E  Alhambra San Bernardino
Alhambra Monterey Park  N  S  Commerce Long Beach
Santa Monica Downtown L.A.  W  E  South Pasadena Barstow
Santa Monica Northwest L.A.  S  N  Glendale Wrightwood
END Downtown L.A.  W  E  Monterey Park Riverside
Pasadena South Pasadena  N  S  Becomes Downtown L.A. San Pedro
North Hollywood Glendale  W  E  Pasadena Ends at

Routes through Eastside (by public transit)

Pasadena Downtown L.A.  W  E  END
Pasadena South Pasadena  N  S  Downtown L.A. East L.A.
San Pedro Downtown L.A.  W  E  El Monte END

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