Lawndale was established in 1905 by Charles Hopper who named the city after the Chicago neighborhood of the same name. The city has a population of 33,000 people and is situated inland from the coast just east of Redondo Beach.
The first railway to run through Lawndale was the Redondo Railway which would later become part of the Pacific Electric "Red Car" system. It ran down the middle of Railway Ave. (now Hawthorne Blvd.) until 1933. After World War ll the immense demand for housing from returning veterans and California newcomers resulted in Lawndale's formation as a bedroom community. On December 28, 1959 it was incorporated as a city in Los Angeles County.
In 2003 Lawndale completed a renovation of Hawthorne Blvd which now boasts a park-like center median with mature Palm and Sycamore trees. This is the main business district for the city and leads to easy access to the 405 freeway. The South Bay Galleria also offers numerous choices for dining and shopping. The Metro Green line with a station in Lawndale makes leaving your car at home easy while commuting or exploring almost anywhere in Los Angeles County.
Lawndale is an affordable alternative to the higher priced beach cities that adjoin it offering a great location, cool climate and easy commute to all employment centers in Southern California.
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