Olvera Street the Alley of the City of the Angels

Olvera Street

Los Angeles City of the Angels

Taking a quick appraisal of most of our State’s–and the Southwestern States– its hard to not see our history from simply reading a map or street sign—from San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma Valley, to San Diego. Practically everything California was, is and remains deeply rooted in Spanish and Mexican history, culture, and language.

Talk about the original mixing bowl and melting pot we’re it. California’s present day reality is still deeply rooted from the settlement, the pueblos meaning housing, that fueled quite a bit of the migration and discovery of California by ways and means from Mexico.

Old World

In its most basic form and substance—California’s development, character, and style are uniquely American and a product of the no-holds-barred “West we Go” and frontier Pilgrim spirit. Indeed sans Alaska and Hawaii, this is where it all stopped.

Demographically and physically, not only is it the oldest part of Los Angeles, Olvera Street pays homage to Mexico’s influences here–with its own panache it’s both a shopping Mecca and haven for our history and for our partisan indulgence for everything Mexico– from food to leather goods to puppets to pottery.

Let's Shop

Early History of Los Angeles

Los Angeles was founded in 1781 by a group of Spanish settlers consisting of 11 families — in all about 44 men, women and children in total.

The town, complete with a church and rectangular plaza surrounded by house lots and planting fields, was placed in its current location adjacent to Olvera Street in the early 1800s. Spanish colonial rule lasted until 1820. The town came under the control of newly independent Mexico in 1821. During this time of Mexican rule, which lasted until 1848, the Plaza area was the heart of Mexican community life in Los Angeles and center of an economy. Source: Olvera Street

Authentic Mexican

Mexico City and Los Angeles are Sister Cities

Over the years, both citizens and the city’s local leaders have helped to keep this area a central location of activity, celebrating Los Angeles’ connection to its neighbors to the south. In fact, Mexico City has been a “Sister” City to Los Angeles since 1969.

Step up

Besides the obvious shopping and authentic Mexican food, what attracted me to this street was the old architecture that lines the alley.

The genuineness, charm and historic warmth was immediately felt by me as I not only walked these old tiles and steps of Olvera Street, when Travelin’ Local and living here I keep one eye to living “La Vida Loca” and the other to my next sublime adventure.

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