Longwood Highlands is a sub-district of Wilshire Park, Los Angeles, California. Wilshire Park is a residential district in the Mid-Wilshire region of Los Angeles, California. Subdistricts include Longwood Highlands and the Park Mile. Wilshire Park is a neighborhood of one- and two-story historic Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial, American Craftsman, Victorian-Craftsman Transitional, Colonial Revival, Traditional, California Bungalow, and Mediterranean style single-family homes and duplexes on tree-lined streets of mature magnolias, oaks, and sycamores.
Wilshire Park has its own website WilshirePark.org, newsletter, and active neighborhood association, Wilshire Park Association. The Association consists of owners and renters who work closely with the police and other city organizations in such efforts as traffic abatement, crime prevention, and tree planting. In recent years, the area has enjoyed highly accelerated increase in property values, fueled not only by Los Angeles’ real estate boom but also by buyers attracted to the area’s charming old–fashioned ambiance and by the historic nature of the homes. Historic preservation and restoration of the urban tree canopy are among the many concerns of the neighborhood residents. By the spring of 2007, working with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “Million Trees for Los Angeles” initiative, Wilshire Park had reached the one-third mark in its goal to plant 200 new trees on its public parkways.
On November 5, 2008, Wilshire Park became, by a unanimous vote of the Los Angeles City Council, a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Since 2002, residents had begun advocating the creation of a Wilshire Park historic district in order to prevent teardowns and to encourage residents to only make exterior changes to their homes consistent with the historical period and architectural style of those homes. Since December 2006, Wilshire Park had been under an Interim Control Ordinance and, in 2008, that ICO was renewed. Wilshire Park became the first neighborhood in Los Angeles history in which residents conducted and completed their own survey and analysis of each home and parcel, overseen by a professional architectural consulting group. This Survey of Historic Resources was completely self-funded, utilizing no funds from the city.