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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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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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