MAP Historic Context Statement

“The Wall that Speaks, Sings and Shouts” Mural at Ruben Salazar Park, East Los Angeles


What communities are included in this project?

The project includes the communities of East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, West Athens-Westmont, West Rancho Dominguez, and Willowbrook.

What is a Historic Context Statement?

A Historic Context Statement (also known as an HCS) is a narrative document that will document the communities’ land development history and identify important themes, property types, architectural trends, patterns of development, community groups, significant events, and people that are associated with that history.

The document will connect this history to existing places within the communities that are included in the County’s Metro Area Plan (MAP). This may include buildings, such as the homes of important community figures or great examples of architectural styles. It may also include sites of important events, such as parade routes. Public art, including folk art and community murals, may also reflect important aspects of the communities’ history.

How will the Historic Context Statement be used?

Historic Context Statements serve many purposes. Once historians and community members document the places, events, and people that shaped a community, the HCS will serve as a baseline data point for the identification and preservation of historic resources within a defined geographic area. It will be a reference document to guide planning and ensure the important aspects of the communities’ history are incorporated into plans for the communities’ futures. Specifically, the HCS will be used to develop MAP policies and implementation programs. Such implementation programs that include but are not limited to future surveys, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects, and historic resource assessments.  

What is the difference between identification of historic resources and designation/listing of historic resources?

Identification is less formal and is the most common way to draw attention to potentially historic resources during the development of a HCS. Identification is a common practice in HCS projects, because detailed surveys of individual buildings or neighborhoods are oftentimes cost prohibitive. When buildings are identified in a HCS, they are essentially flagged for future study when funding becomes available.

Designation or listing is a formal recognition by a government body that a property is historically significant. Properties can be individually designated or designated as contributors to a historic district. There are three different levels of designation: local (Los Angeles County), state (California), and federal (National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark). Each level has its own criteria and process for nomination and designation.

Will my property be designated as a result of the Historic Context Statement?

No. This project will identify a property that may be eligible for designation. Additionally, it will identify areas for further study.

Is there a survey component of this project?

Due to funding limitations, only the Florence-Firestone community will be surveyed at this time. However, you may see staff inspecting the project area for the HCS.

What is the estimated schedule for this project?

Research and community engagement activities are currently underway. A public meeting for this project was held on January 27th at 5 pm. If you were unable to participate in this meeting, you can view a recording here. The completed HCS is expected to be presented at a public meeting in August. Additional details about public meetings will be available on the project website.

How can I get involved?

Attend the public meetings, participate in the stakeholder group, submit historical information such as, historic photographs, to by February 11, 2022.

Download a copy of the a flyer for the Historic Context Meeting from our Documents Page.

Historic Resources Mapping Tool

We are asking for your input on locations within one of the seven MAP communities that represent historically important resources. Please see the Metro Area Plan Historic Resources Mapping Tool by clicking the button below.

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