July 15, 2007 |
Early Elysian Heights settlers viewed their hilltop community as a place to escape the hubbub of central Los Angeles. Today, though residents can see downtown looming through their windows, the neighborhood and its adjacent park remain a sanctuary. Beginnings From the founding of Los Angeles in 1781 to its first great expansion more than a century later, these hills were the highest in the city. During the real estate boom of the 1880s, the City Council preserved Elysian Park for public use.