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Neighborhood Highlight

I read this article in the Los Angeles Times and thought it would be a great idea to highlight the wonderful neighborhood of Hermon. Situated in a half square-mile in between the Arroyo Seco, Monterey Hills, and South Pasadena, Hermon has been a part of Los Angeles since 1912 but has maintained its own identity.

Originally a college community, built around Los Angeles Pacific College, Hermon went into decline in the 1970s and 1980s once the school merged with Azusa Pacific University. However, the neighborhood is currently undergoing a renaissance, with new businesses moving in, old houses being remodeled, and a cleaned-up public space near the Arroyo.

Bungalows and cottages predominate, but Hermon's 1,100 homes include Spanish, Craftsman and contemporary styles.

While the neighborhood is small and can be seen as lacking in businesses, residents have organized and are working towards creating a charming tight-knit community. There are plans to protect public space and add more local businesses to the area.

The Hermon Dog Park was established in July, 2005, and has its own website, http://www.hermondogpark.com. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers, this dog park seeks to be more than just a place where dogs can run and play safely, but a community that helps place dogs for adoption, encourage dog training efforts, and teach responsible pet ownership.

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