Many Salvadorans say it's about time. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants fled a violent civil war in El Salvador in the 1980's and settled in Los Angeles. They arrived as refugees overshadowed by an established Mexican populace, some hoping to return to their country someday and rebuild.
"We're starting over here. We need to create our own economic power,"
The El Salvador Community Corridor became a reality late in the summer. Now, the community has to get the word out and attract visitors.
A bustling Salvadoran population lives south of downtown near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, where the square was dedicated in March to a Catholic archbishop killed in 1980 during El Salvador's civil war.
This measure would recognize the area between Adams Boulevard and 11th Street on Vermont Avenue in the City of Los Angeles as the El Salvador Community Corridor. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon (1) receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost and (2) the department’s determination that specified conditions have been satisfied, to erect those signs at the Vermont Avenue exits on State Highway Route 10.