Those comment-less gossipers at Fishbowl LA are simultaneously bashing a harmless parenting magazine and attempting to re-district Los Angeles:
The October/November edition of Cookie ... has a "fun things to do in Los Angeles" feature. They include Beverly Hills, but not Pasadena, and think that Silver Lake is the Eastside.
Out of towners.
Say it with us: Eastside means east of the LA River.
Really? Try asking some flip-flopper from Westwood to meet you at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake. See if he doesn't bristle.
Or dodge the squinty looks from an East Hollywood resident when you tell them they, like their Silver Lake neighbors, aren't east anything.
Geographically, Silver Lake, Sunset Junction and East Hollywood are all on the west side of the Los Angeles River. Culturally, philosophically, aesthetically, though, they're not exactly on the west side of LA.
I'm still a newbie, but it seems the river has outlived its usefulness as an east-west divider. This out-of-towner moved here seven months ago; "east" moved west years before.
Besides, follow the LA River through the San Fernando Valley and suddenly Van Nuys is on the east side of LA. Makes no sense.
How about we all agree to cut the city along Western Avenue instead? It's straight, long and has the word "west" in it. Easy enough to remember?
And when Western Ave. bumps into the Hollywood Hills, we can just draw a line continuing it through the Valley, where nearly everyone will now be considered "westside." I doubt they'll protest.
Traditionalists and Wikipedia be damned.
- P.S. - Just to confuse the Fishbowlers, East LA (not "east side" or "Eastside") still refers to the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County east of downtown.