Location, location, location. That’s the story of Bunker Hill. Recognizing that a hillside view of the Los Angeles Basin and Los Angeles River would make the premiere location for an opulent subdivision, wealthy developer, Prudent Beaudry, purchased the majority of a hill and set to work building Bunker Hill. Beginning with its peak, Beaudry covered the area with lavish two-story Victorian houses that famously became homes for the upper-class residents of Los Angeles. With it came “the world’s shortest railway” named, Angel Flight; a quick train ride that took Bunker Hill residents homeward from the bottom of the 33% grade and back down again.
Bunker Hill retained its exclusivity even throughout World War I but was then faced with booming years of urban growth, combined with an extensive streetcar system, that led wealthy residents to retreat for new suburbs springing up around the city. With the loss of affluent families to occupy the ostentatious homes, the properties were increasingly sub-divided to accommodate a new stream of city-dwelling renters. Still, at the time Bunker Hill remained L.A.’s most crowded and urban neighborhood. World War II and the Pasadena Freeway brought that to an end. While construction of the Pasadena Freeway occurred with the intention of bringing shoppers to the area it instead took people away from the area, leaving downtown and the Bunker Hill neighborhood comparatively empty. It was then that the once-grand Victorian mansions of Bunker Hill became homesteads for impoverished pensioners.
The decline of Bunker Hill continued until 1955 when Los Angeles City Planners initiated a massive slum clearance project to flatten and redevelop the area. Bringing new plazas and buildings to the area, the city projected a modern, sophisticated image for the area. The original buildings and early high-rises surrounding Bunker Hill have mostly undergone adaptive reuse, making them residential properties once again. With the popularity of New Urbanism rising in California, developers have now converted much of Bunker Hill to mixed-use properties, providing commercial shopping at the base of residential buildings.
A thriving neighborhood once again, some of the best things to do in Bunker Hill include checking out places like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Colburn School. With so much going on in Bunker Hill it is also one of the best places to free up your time by getting an on-demand car wash from MobileWash. With the MobileWash App SoCal residents are bringing to the car wash right to their doorstep. The only car wash app that gives you exclusive access to the largest network of licensed, insured, professional auto detailers in North America. Just download your app, enter your location, pick your wash, hit submit, and we’ll be on our way! At home, work, or anywhere you have an authorized parking space MobileWash will meet you there.
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