La Verne Magazine
"La Verne's Borders: North, South, East and West"
From the Editor
by Christie Reed
We are all victims of stereotypes. Most thought I was a rich kid, but
I was not. I lived in a three story house on North Del Sol Lane in Diamond
Bar. You do not see houses like that anymore. With a backyard that seemed
to never end, my brother and I would pretend we were on wild safaris when
I was in elementary school.
I knew nothing of the differences in the neighborhood in which I lived.
I knew nothing of social class until the fourth grade. That was when I learned
of the "rich" in Diamond Bar. The rich were those who lived in
the prestigious gated community by the name of "The Country."
Children can be mean, and all I remember is being told to stay away
from this one blonde-haired girl who lived in "The Country" because
she was a snobby, little brat. "All the people who live in "The
Country" are rich," I was told. From then on, I realized what
it meant to not only live in one city vs. another city, but to live in one
part of a city vs. another part of a city.
La Verne is the same; and although you will not hear it spoken that
often, where you live in La Verne says something about who you are.
To live on the eastern border is to border the graffiti and gang-ridden
city of Pomona. Even local real estate agents will recommend that a prospective
buyer purchase a house on the La Verne side. The blockade on Grove Street
was rumored to keep Pomona out of La Verne. It really was not built for
that reason. It was to eliminate the onslaught of traffic through the residential
To live in western La Verne, bordering San Dimas, carries a certain
amount of respect. With a frontier-style setting, life is peaceful, and
homes are nice.
Southern La Verne does not hold much in the way of homes, but those
above McKinley and Fairplex avenues are behind gates and can cost more than
Northern La Verne does not seem like old town La Verne at all. Commonly,
signs are posted for one to watch for rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Life
in the north merges with nature. The houses are spacious and located off
the beaten path -- many on hill-tops hidden in gated communities. Here,
the houses built on these large plots of land are very expensive.
What does it really say when you live in one region of La Verne over
another? Nothing. It is those who judge you by this who make unfair assumptions.
Where you live does not make a person, and that girl from my fourth grade
class was one of the nicest people I ever met.
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