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City Terrace, California
City Terrace
City Terrace
Location within Los Angeles county
Location within Los Angeles county
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.png Los Angeles
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 323

City Terrace is an unincorporated community in the San Rafael Hills of Los Angeles County, California.

The community is considered part of the East Los Angeles region, located northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. It contains City Terrace Elementary School and City Terrace Park. The U.S. census numbers are included with the unincorporated community of East Los Angeles.

Community description

City Terrace homes
City Terrace Streets

City Terrace is located atop the southeastern San Rafael Hills. The district's steep, winding streets are lined with generally well-preserved Spanish Colonial Revival style houses.

Alvarez Bakery
Alvarez Bakery in City Terrace.


Light rail service to East L.A. is provided by Metro Gold Line's Eastside Extension, which opened in 2009. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) provides bus service from East L.A. to throughout the L.A. area. In addition, local shuttle service is provided by theEl Sol (East Los Angeles Shuttle).

City Terrace is home to N Herbert Circle, one of the world's only counter clockwise traffic roundabouts.


City Terrace is bounded by the city limits of Los Angeles on the north and west, Floral Drive on the south, and the city limits of Monterey Park on the east. Boyle Heights is on the west, Lincoln Heights is to the northwest, University Hills is to the north, California State University, Los Angeles is to the northeast, Monterey Park is to the east, and East Los Angeles is to the south. Major thoroughfares include City Terrace Drive, Eastern and Medford Avenues, and Herbert Street. The community is part of ZIP code 90063 and area code 323.

History and Culture of Art

Record Ave. & Hammel St.
Record Ave. & Hammel St.

City Terrace is a neighborhood saturated with art. The Goez Art Studio was co-founded by David Rivas Botello, Jose-Luis Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez In 1969. Later, in 1975, Botello and Wayne Alaniz Healy co-found Los Dos Streetscapers, later adding Charles Solares, Fabian Debora, George Yepes, Paul Botello, Ricardo Duffy, Rich Raya, and Rudy Calderon to their ranks and renaming themselves East Los Streetscapers. The incredible ceramic mural at the City Terrace Branch Library, Ofrenda Maya 1, was created by Goez Studios' Jose Luis Gonzalez. Another stunning mural created in 1994 by George Yepes, a member of the East Los Streetscapers who is widely known for creating the cover art for Los Lobos' 1988 album, is seen on one of the walls at City Terrace Elementary.

City Terrace Park Mural


City Terrace Park
City Terrace Park

City Terrace Park was developed in 1933 by Works Progress Administration crews; it occupied a piece of 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) terrace that was formed after crews hacked a rugged and barren hill. In 1957 600,000 cubic yards (460,000 m3) pf soil that had been removed from the construction of the Los Angeles Civic Center was transported to the City Terrace County Park. The soil filled a ravine, tripling the park's original acreage.It has swimming, basketball & tennis, plus a playground, a splash pad, picnic areas and a gymnasium. In addition City Terrace Park hosts many activities for youth and Teens such as cheer, basketball and computer club, as well as activities for adults and family such as ceramics classes and aquatics programs.


City Terrace Library Mural
City Terrace Library Mural

The County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the City Terrace Library. The library has been in its current location since 1979 and was refurbished in 2009. The library offers homework help for children and teens, internet resources such as downloadable audio books, and occasionally hosts seminars for the community.

Other infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Central Health Center in Downtown Los Angeles, serving City Terrace.

Notable natives

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