Stretch of Hollywood's Vine Street Could Become Peru Village

A group of Peruvian Americans behind the movement address the city council Tuesday.

A group of Peruvian Americans hopes to turn a stretch of Vine Street into Los Angeles' newest neighborhood: Peru Village.

The proposal, which the group submitted to the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday, would incorporate the section of Vine from Melrose Avenue to Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

According to the group's Facebook page, the initiative will support community growth by revitalizing the area, increasing the sales of local businesses and increase property value in the area.

Tania Tapia, a second generation Peruvian American, told the council that naming a geographic area is a fundamental way of expressing the values of a community.

"The implementation of the Peru Village initiative will enable us to have a greater impact socially, culturally and economically, being a magnet for new investments, creating jobs in the proposed area and, foremost, giving back to the country that has welcomed us," Tapia said.

Council member Eric Garcetti, who represents the affected section of Vine Street, thanked the group in English and Spanish and said he would introduce a motion to support the proposal.

What do you think of the Peru Village proposal? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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Al Sanchez December 13, 2012 at 05:16 AM
allen hatch December 13, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Maybe designate a small section for Peruvian/American Movie stars? ...Just the entertainers who are known in Hollywood. That way it will stick with the theme of Hollywood, films television and entertainment.
Juliet Montague December 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I walk that section all the time doing errands, because my home is just below Fountain just west of Vine Street. There is a mix (aren't we the Melting Pot): businesses, Pavilion's, the Social Security office, auto shops, CVS, Vine Elementary School (95 percent enrollment is Hispanic), the Mexican grocery store, the popular taco place, my Goodwill store, the Giant Dollar store, El Pollo Loco, McDonald's, FedEx, a posh wine store, a chinese take-out. Traveling east on Santa Monica, all the businesses are Latino instantly! How about we just give Santa Monica EAST of Vine a city sign: Little South America. How dare they want to monopolize the commerce on Vine? Is Winchell's suddenly going to fly the Peruvian flag? Are all the Latino's that work in there from Peru? Let them have their "little city" between Melrose and Sunset on Western and fix up that section of town. Go for it! Aren't South Americans already represented in their own commercial district in downtown L.A. (I can't think of the name of it right now because I am so mad!) Vine at Sunset is flourishing with upscale restaurants and the new and vibrant Walgreen's. Walgreens store windows look like you are entering a Bloomingdale's beauty boutique! Tourists do not come to Hollywood to end up in Machu Pichu! They are asking for our tax dollars to change the essence of Hollywood—which between Melrose and Sunset is already a melting pot. As the upscaling of the street continues, it will be by private investors!
leoventocilla December 13, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Why Vine and Hollywood! Can Peruvians select better areas?..why not Rodeo Drive, Doheny Ave...come on, Juliete Montague is right. Peruvians go west!!! be "the best as few and good as the rest".
Mary Ledding December 13, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Why is Garcetti stepping up immediately to endorse this idea? Is he depending on these votes in his run for Mayor or what? Does the word "pandering" come to mind? I've lived in Hollywood 35 years and am not aware of a large Peruvian community in it.To name Vine street "Peru Village" is like making it a fantasy ride at Disneyland.
ruth December 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Nothing against Peruvians, or any other culture..we are a wonderful diverse city..But VINE ST? This is how Garcetti cares about Historic Hollywood and Historic Vine St. (AND The Historic Capitol Records Building)..HE DOESN'T! Garcetti sells off Vine St to Millennium (maybe THEY are funding the Peruvian cause) for their unlimited height skyscrapers, buildings more than half the size of The Empire State Building dwarfing the Capitol Records Building, and now he is going to bat for the Peruvians to also take over Vine St.?? What about the Russians, The Irish, The Germans, The Polish, The Dutch, The Danish, The Swedes? How about some INCLUSIVENESS?? Garcetti has no interest in you unless you speak Spanish, or if you are a developer throwing millions his way for his campaign. He is the most PANDERING, desipicable excuses of a man...He has no shame. NO ONE has done MORE to destroy and ruin a city than Garcetti. Hollywood is HIS mess..he just can't stop himself.... and if he becomes Mayor, Hollywood will get worse and all of L.A. will be his mess. PLEASE..this City cannot afford anymore of Eric Garcetti's Follies.. He cannot be Mayor! And Historic Vine St. cannot be dedicated to ANY ONE culture excluding all others !
Jim Geoghan December 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This works out well for the gangs that clash with the Peruvian gangs. They won't have to search as hard. They simply go to Vine to dish out payback.
henry peck December 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Are they going to erect a village macchu picchu?
leoventocilla December 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I agree, "like father like son?"...amazing, just amazing!...
Scott Campbell December 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I'd like to know more about why this section should be Peru Village. I know there are two Peruvian restaurants a mile and a half apart and a Peruvian grocery near one of them, but are there a significant number of Peruvians in the area? Is there some history of Peruvians settling this area? I own property just off Vine St along the north end of this stretch, for over 10 years, and it would never have occurred to me that this was Peru Village. I'm not opposed to a Peru Village where it makes sense, just don't know why it makes sense along this long stretch. Perhaps around the two businesses that are close to one another near Melrose and Vine?
Anthea Raymond December 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
@Interesting point Scott. Let me dig around and see if I can get some data around the Peruvian community. Perhaps there is a social service organizing specifically serving that population that is tracking some of that stuff. AR
Inkawasi December 24, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Yeahhhhhhh...... Peru is going to be BIG... and There is a good place to put a Peru Village sign. Sorry, for all the people jealous......
Francisco December 24, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I'm Peruvian and I disagree with that Peruvian village. They should do that in New Jersey where the biggest Peruvian community lives, work and buys. Hollywood is not representative of Peruvians at all. I just wonder how Peruvians would feel if Americans want to open an American village by some important city or street.
Polloinkaexpress March 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Why in Hollywood and on such an important street?? Because Peruvian food is amazingly good and having it everywhere is our mission!!!! Everyone knows about Peruvian food so we want it to be in the best place possible so Hollywood here we come!!!


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