Mid-Wilshire is a district in the City of Los Angeles, California. It is part of the Wilshire region. It mostly encompasses the area bounded by La Cienega Boulevard on the west, Melrose Avenue on the north, Hoover Street on the east, and the Santa Monica Freeway on the south, although some neighborhoods in this perimerter are part of Mid-City West. It derives its name from Wilshire Boulevard, the primary east-west thoroughfare through the area. The service area of the Wilshire Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is congruent to the portions of Mid-Wilshire within the City of Los Angeles. A popular nickname among locals for this district is Midtown. Home prices are less expensive then neighboring Hancock Park (to the north). Streets vary from pocket to pocket and some are much nicer than others.
Today, Mid-Wilshire is an ethnically and economically diverse area, with all of Los Angeles’ major racial/ethnic groups–whites, blacks, Latinos, and Asian-Americans–well-represented within its borders. Neighborhoods like Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Carthay Circle, and Lafayette Square contain some of Los Angeles’ most magnificent residential architecture, primarily in traditional city neighborhood settings. On the whole, the area has retained a low-rise, relatively low-density character, in large part due to the historic preservation (HPOZ) movement. The exception is Koreatown, which has long been one of the most densely populated areas in the United States. The Wilshire Center neighborhood has undergone gentrification since approximately 2003, and many apartments are under construction. One of Mid-Wilshire’s greatest sources of political conflict is the steady densification of areas along Koreatown’s western edges, a seemingly inexorable development that has occurred to the great dismay of the district’s affluent white neighbors