Geography

Google Maps deems 'Tehrangeles' a (very specific) place

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Ask Google Maps to find you the mythical place Tehrangeles, and it places the community on the upper floor of an apartment building in the 10600 block of Kinnard Avenue, between Westholme and Hilts avenues. That's in Westwood, about eight blocks east of Westwood Boulevard, the shopping street sometimes referred to as Little Tehran.

Going to Google street view puts Tehrangeles, California — zip code 90024 — in the front yard of the house next door, at 10607 Kinnard Avenue. Click on any of the images to view larger.

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Westwood-Century City Patch posted about the label earlier Monday on Facebook and said it seemed to be a new listing.

Tehrangeles is a slang coinage generally used, if at all, to refer to the large and geographically borderless community of Iranian ex-patriates and their families living in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and nearby cities. There is a city of LA sign declaring the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Wilkins Avenue to be "Persian Square," placed there by the City Council in 2010. But I don't know of any official signs designating anywhere as "Tehrangeles." Of course, that has never stopped Google Maps from slapping a name on parts of Los Angeles.


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