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L.A. has an El Salvador Community Corridor? Yes, and Officials Want it Recognized

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Little Bangladesh and Koreatown are on the way to becoming officially recognized L.A. city neighborhoods, but that's not all. Assemblymember Mike Davis has been working with community members to create the El Salvador Community Corridor along Vermont Avenue. If his legislation passes, signs along the 10 Freeway will let drivers know where to exit to find the culturally rich artery.

"I think there is a reward in making sure that residents and communites feel they belong to our great city," Davis said by phone. "I think it's one of the unique things about Los Angeles, that we've carved out cultures and opportunities to be represented."

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To make Davis' freeway signs work, the city of Los Angeles has to be on board. "We don't want to hang freeway signs and then have people who can't find what's being designated," he explained.

And so far, the L.A. leaders are on board. The City Council last week approved a motion to support the state legislation if it is amended to allow for the city to go through its official community naming process.

According to city documents, the largest Salvadoran population outside their country can be found in Los Angeles, with up to one million Salvadorans living in the county. The community corridor is proposed to be between Adams and 11th on Vermont Avenue.

The legislation is expected to be approved at the state level and city officials and community members are optimistic that an El Salvador Community Corridor will be a reality someday.