Pico Union is a neighborhood in Mid City immediately west of Downtown Los Angeles. The boundaries for Pico Union are Olympic Boulevard on the north, the Harbor Freeway on the east, the Santa Monica Freeway on the south and Normandie Avenue on the west. Pico-Union is flanked by Koreatown and Westlake to the north and northeast, Downtown to the east, Adams-Normandie, University Park and Exposition Park to the south and Harvard Heights to the west.
Pico Union contains two historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places: South Bonnie Brae Tract Historic District and Alvarado Terrace Historic District.
A little Pico Union history... The area encompassed by Pico Union was developed as a middle and upper middle class residential district beginning in the 1910s. Easy access to Downtown LA and the nearby Wilshire District drew large numbers of affluent homeowners. Pico Union became the city's 19th Historic Preservation Overlay Zone on August 10, 2004.
In August 2012, the City of Los Angeles designated a portion of Vermont Avenue in Pico Union as El Salvador Community Corridor; parts of Pico Union are also being considered for designation as The Central American Historical District.