Frogtown

Also known as Elysian Valley, Nestled along a 2.5-mile stretch of the L.A. River, Frogtown is still a somewhat secluded oasis for artists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Frogtown gained its nickname from the four-legged amphibians that used to breed in the riverbed and wander around the neighborhood up until the 1970s. Locals labeled them all as frogs, leading to quick acceptance of Frogtown as the area’s pseudonym. Frogtown natives recall how they filled the river, streets, and backyards – there were so many that you couldn’t help but drive right over them. While Frogtown was (and still is) a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of single-family homes, it was once known for housing several large factories, like Hostess, and a bunch of small art studios. Even famous artists like Shepard Fairey and Amy Adler flocked to the area early on with buzz about the industrial art community establishing itself in the area. The author and activist Lewis MacAdams founded Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) in 1986 with the intention of making it an ecologically sound recreational space.

Food & Drink

La Colombe
2828 Newell St #4
Los Angeles, CA 90039

lacolombe.com

Salazar
2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

salazarla.com

Spoke Bicycle Cafe
3050 North Coolidge Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90039
spokebicyclecafe.com

Frogtown Brewery
2931 Gilroy Street,
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
frogtownbrewery.com

Just What I Kneaded
2029 Blake ave #104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
justwhatikneadedbakery.com

Arts & Culture

LA River Path
Central Los Angeles
metro.net

Zebulon
2478 Fletcher Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90039

zebulon.la

Shopping

Suay Sew Shop
2915 Knox Ave #105,
Los Angeles, CA 90039

suayla.com

The Left Bank
2479 Fletcher Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039

theleftbankshop.com

Outdoor Recreation

Marsh Park
mrca.ca.gov

Commute Times

Public Transit Car

Downtown

26M

14M

LAX

1H17M

59H

Union Station

25M

12M

Burbank Airport

57M

24M

The Local Real Estate Office

25M

10M

Santa Monica Pier

1H48M

51M

Landmarks / Movies /Shows

Historic bakeries Van de Kamp’s, Dolly Madison, and Hostess.

Architectural Styles

Industrial Spaces
Spanish
Craftsman

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