If you arrive to the city by air you have a chance to observe it to the best as from above all the buildings and the city parts are better seen. Generally, the city is divided into the following areas: Downtown Los Angeles, Northeast - including Highland Park and Eagle Rock areas, the Eastside, South Los Angeles (still often colloquially referred to as South Central by locals), the Harbor Area, Hollywood, Wilshire, the Westside and the San Fernando and Crescenta Valleys.
Officially the city was founded in 1781 by Mexican settlers and it got a name of El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (the Town of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula). It it not always named that way as a shorter variant of it is more often used – LA. Actually, Los Angeles is just a part (though the largest one) of 88 cities situated on the territory called LA.
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