LA’s Logistics Corridor

Orli Hakangolu / 2019
Yale School of Architecture

Los Angeles’ Logistics Corridor, or Harbor Gateway, is a relatively small area zoned for residential and industrial uses. Although it is zoned for these uses, its primary purpose is to retain the connection between the city and its Pacific port to the south.

The following quotes from residents reflect what it is like to live within an area created for the sole purpose of logistical enterprises:

“This section of the city is very unique. I lived here for the first 15 years of my life. For years my mother and grandparents thought they lived in Gardena (despite paying the DWP and having the LAPD and LA City Fire respond to emergencies). Most people in this area are either clumped to the Gardena or Torrance zip codes which make the residents think they live in those respected cities and not Los Angeles.”

- Michael (June 9, 2009)

“I love the Harbor Gateway. Although the area where I grew up was for the most part poor, I never thought of it as a bad area. It is still shocking to note that almost nobody I know of has heard of the Harbor Gateway, with pretty much everyone thinking they live in Gardena or Torrance.”

- John Sam (March 10, 2010)

“It only exists to provide coninutity to the harbor.”

- Chris

“Dreadful place, get out if you can“

- BC (August 28, 2009)

The Union Pacific Railroad connects Los Angeles and the Harbor Gateway to much of the country by rail, while the connection to its port opens the Los Angeles market to the rest of the world. The composite map below shows the the multitude of forces that act upon the Los Angeles Logistics Corridor, be it railroads, ports or major interstates.