Welcome to Silver Lake Village?


Silver Lake  — Some of the merchants along Silver Lake Boulevard have been referring to the small cluster of  boutiques and cafes south of the reservoir  as Silver Lake Village. Now, one shop owner wants to make the informal designation official.

Unlike the hubbub of Sunset Junction, the neighborhood’s main shopping and dining spot, Silver Lake Village has a more relaxed, low-key vibe with some high-end boutiques and cafes. Places like  Alimento Italian restaurant,  Yolk gift shop and The Satellite nightclub operate in the midst of homes and apartments at the base of narrow valley.  There’s also some less fancy but useful businesses, including auto repair shops and a 7-Eleven, which overlooks  the junction of Silver Lake Boulevard, West Silver Lake Drive and Effie Street — the defacto the hub of Silver Lake Village.

The owner of Hemingway & Sons, a menswear shop in the 1600 block of Silver Lake Boulevard,  is now seeking support for the Silver Lake Village designation from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to so far agrees that it would be great to be more connected under one name and recognize the history,” said Toby Hemingway.

It may be a quaint idea for a city founded long after the era of villages, but Silver Lake Village would join several other “villages” — including  Atwater Village, Los Feliz Village, Verdugo Village, Virgil Village, Westwood Village — that adopted quaintly designated areas of  storefronts.

In Silver Lake’s case, the Village would run along Silver Lake Boulevard from Berkeley Avenue on the south to Swan Place  on the north – about a third of a mile.

“I’m really at the early stages of discussing it with residents, other businesses and community groups,” Hemingway said. But if it goes through, he envisions a ceremony in which the designation would be marked at each end of the Village.

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  1. Love it. I’ve been calling that area Silver Lake Village for a couple years now. Let’s make it official.

  2. Yea , enough of this “village “ and “hills “ etc. To us locals its Echo Park , not echo park hills or Echo park ,california or atwater village , and all that other real estate speak . its always been just atwater, and just silver lake . Its hilarious , sounds like Disneyland names

  3. Its cool by me to call that Silver Lake Village, there does seem to be a certain cohesive “village” atmosphere to it, although a fairly small village— but I don’t know why they should need someone else to make it “official.” I would at least limit that to a statement by the neighborhood council. But why even ask permission, the businesses over there should just put up a sign saying Silver Lake Village, simply make their claim, like the private sign at Sunset Junction.

    I guess I just kind of think they diminish themselves and the legitimacy of the name if they have to ask permission for it, and ask someone else to establish it, rather than the businesses and neighbors there simply making it the common reference through constant, and with that all the people who go there referring to it as such.

    I don’t think they need permission – although I’m certain they will get it, after all, why not? But I think even having to ask permission diminishes the name. If the name can’t just be claimed and used and become common, then maybe it shouldn’t be — but Think it can just become common use by claiming it and widely using it. I guess I think asking permission makes it a fake name, but claiming it makes it real and deserved.

    I note, the story referenced Sunset Junction as an example. That isn’t a “village,” and as far as I know, it isn’t “official.” The sign there stating that is a private sign. The name came from an old Red Car stop at that location, and the stop was the Sunset Junction stop, the junction of Santa Monica Blvd and Sunset Blvd. – as in, “get off at Sunset Junction.” And so it simply became common to refer to the location as Sunset Junction, it became common – and no one’s permission was needed. Other than the name of the Red Car stop, there is no official designation for that name, it is just a name the area came to be know by. I think it would be nice for this area of Silverlake Blvd to become known as Silver Lake Village — the business there shoddy use the name all the time, and they shod put a sign up for it. Nobody really cares if the neighborhood council has a piece of paper in their file saying that is called Silver Lake Village. It is when he public actually uses that term, and they will do that after it becomes a common name for the areas, and that will only happen when the business there make it sonnet when the neighborhood council votes.

    Also, re Atwater Village, that actually was changed to that from simply Atwater because of issues of confusion over the actual municipality of Atwater, California — and people sometimes addressing mail to Atwater, CA, when sending to what is now called Atwater Village; the post office actually found intended to put out a warning about the problem with the addressing.

    I don’t know about the Virgil Village and Los Feliz Village names, I never hear anyone use them, I never do. Westwood Village is an “official,” for whatever reason, but no one calls it that, they just call it Westwood even when they’re talking about the “village” part of Westwood — fake names don’t catch on so much.

  4. Does every neighborhood need to have a designated “village?” We already have Atwater Village, Baldwin Village, Fairfax Village, Franklin Village, Hillside Village, Larchmont Village, Leimert Park Village, Los Feliz Village, Mayflower Village, Picfair Village, Sherman Village, Studio Village, Sun Village, Valley Village, Village Green, Virgil Village, Westlake, Westside, Westwood, and Windsor Village. In 1925, Aldous Huxley wrote that Los Angeles was “nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis.” Now it’s a metropolis in search of 21 villages.

  5. thanks, guys. i’ll just still call it my ‘hood when I come back in another 20 yrs, if it’s still there. lol. prayers and peace.

  6. The “village” has become the violent crime capitol of Silverlake. Fistfights over parking occur every weekend. It’s pathetic.

  7. SLV I like it!
    Great short hand instead of saying “it’s on silver lake boulevard, Sotheby’s of the dam”

  8. Silly at best.

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