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A little about me: was founded in 2007 by Eddie North-Hager in USC Communications. The website seeks to provide a gathering space for the residents of University Park, West Adams, Exposition Park and all the neighborhoods around USC.

Other affiliated social networks include:

Echo Park Online
Your University Park secret:
Founder's Park on the USC campus
Who referred you?
Media relations
School you attend:
University of Southern California
Or school your children attend:
The USC Family of Schools
Preferred languages:
English & Spanish
Art, photography, restaurants, culture, movies, music, education, community
Favorite local restaurant:
Mana's Indian Food, 29th Street Cafe, The Lab, Moreton Fig, Lemonade, Mo-Chica, La Taquiza
Favorite local business:
California Science Center, USC, Village Cobbler, NHM, Expo Center

ABOUT University Park

University Park, the virtual newspaper and social network, was created in concert with the University of Southern California Civic and Community Relations.

While the the print product circulates among the USC Family of Schools, the online effort serves the residents and students surrounding USC and Expo Park with news and information both for the community and by the community.

It's a place where you can find out more about your neighborhood and a platform for your voice to be heard. You don't just have a homepage, you can post on the front page where hundreds of people stop and stare every month. Please join the conversation!

University Park is like having your own blog for your poetry, your public service club, your band or the people who shop at your store. Except this audience is bigger than just the people you know.

Members and guests of University Park are connected by geography. Many live right around the corner, a block from where you buy your orange juice. Perhaps you pass by them at the farmer's market.
Some spend the better part of their day working here. Others spend their their weekends eating at the restaurants, visiting family, seeing plays, watching football.

University Park, launched in April 2009, already is the best source of information about the neighborhoods surrounding USC and Exposition Park.

You can help make it better by adding a comment to stories, uploading a photo of an event or just saying hello.

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At 3:27pm on May 11, 2011, The Blazers Youth center said…

Thanks for all your support Eddie.  I hope to see you soon at Mercado La Paloma.



The Blazers

At 1:09pm on January 6, 2011, Eunice Miranda said…


The story behind the “Reyes Magos” comes from the bible. I remember celebrating this day as a child. The way we do it in our family, is by eating the famous “Rosca” which is sweetbread in the shape of an oval with fruit on top and drink hot chocolate. Inside the Rosca we hide a small toy (a baby) which symbolizes baby Jesus. We cut the Rosca just as you would cut a cake and whoever gets the Baby Jesus has to do a party (lol) we also give gifts to each other. I know there’s more to this story than the way my family celebrates, but this is the way we have done it for years.

At 1:10pm on October 18, 2010, Jenna Blanton said…
Thank you so much! We worked so hard : )

The hard work continues!

At 4:20pm on September 9, 2010, Jenna Blanton said…
Well, in that case you must come to our event!
At 11:05am on August 22, 2010, Janine Lim said…
Nice to meet you face to face. See you in cyberspace!
At 8:49pm on August 19, 2010, Janine Lim said…
Nice to meet you!
At 11:55am on May 28, 2010, Living Advantage, Inc. said…
For any questions or concerns my email adress is
At 11:54am on May 28, 2010, Living Advantage, Inc. said…
Hi Eddie keep up the great work. And keep me posted on events. Im Taj and I am LivingAdvantages Internet Marketing manager and You'll be hearing alot from me.
At 9:12am on May 03, 2010, Ariel Carpenter gave University Park Family a gift
Thanks for the birthday wishes!!!!!
At 7:58pm on April 19, 2010, Leah Sayles said…
Nice to meet you Eddie. I'm sure we'll be in touch soon. Thanks

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University Park Fire Station Grand Opening Today

Posted on October 10, 2015 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.

LAFD Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas and

USC President C. L. Max Nikias

invite you to

USCFireStationNo15_GrandOpen_Flyer.pdf 1 9/17/15 11:27 AM

La Gran Celebración de

Apertura de




Sábado, 10 de Octubre del 2015

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Estación de Bomberos 15

3000 South…


Westen Avenue Clean Up Breakfast and Barbecue SATURDAY Oct. 3

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Come for a breakfast snack by 9 a.m. Clean up Western Avenue with partners from all over the neighborhood. Stay for lunch! From Expo to King.

Meet in MLK Park by the picnic tables.

Bring gloves, hat and sunscreen.

What street would you recommend needs a little freshening up?…


Pop up park at the Hoover Union Triangle - today - with free burritos

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 7:39am 0 Comments

Today from noon to 5 p.m. - free burritos and a preview of a community amenity that's on the way! 

Have you heard the good news about the Hoover Union gateway triangle place park (the name has yet to be decided) that is being rethought, remodeled, reimagined and refunded?

Come by today and learn more. The next chance to get your ideas considered - 

Triangle Design Workshop:

Tuesday April 21st at 5:30 pm …

Vote for University Park today!

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 8:00am 1 Comment

To find out where you vote, click here - - and put in your address. 

If you want your elected representative to care about your concerns and the issues in your community, you need to vote. 

Five percent of eligible voters decide the election and the areas they represent get more attention. Your vote helps those who are working to improve the community because it shows the people…


Ciclavia comes to our neighborhood tomorrow - MLK Blvd. Closed to Cars Open to Bikes

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

One of the greatest community events to hit LA - Ciclavia - comes to South LA, Expo Park and University Park Sunday.

Ciclavia (pronounce it as you like) closes major streets to cars and opens them to walkers, bikers, strollers, unicyclists and the like. Click here for all the details.

This is a slideshow of my trip from Leimert Park to the 2011 Ciclavia that spanned from Boyle Heights to East…


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