History of BID

In the 1990s, community leaders, business owners and representatives from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Loyola High School, Bishop-Conaty Our Lady of Loretto High School, joined forces to combat crime and foster community pride. The City of Los Angeles, including the Office of Council District 1 and the Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative also held an instrumental role in helping revitalize the Byzantine Latino Quarter, nestled in the southwestern corner of Pico Union.

Today many projects and programs stem from the community’s activism in the 1990s, including streetscape improvements along Pico Boulevard and street banners, which help promote neighborhood identity and pride. However, one of the most significant outcomes was the creation of the Byzantine Latino Quarter Business Improvement District (BLQ BID), approved and adopted by the Los Angeles City Council in 2003.  

The BLQ BID is an assessment district in which property owners are the primary investors in creation of a safe, welcoming and thriving business environment along Pico Boulevard from the 110 FWY to Western Avenue and small portions of Normandie Avenue and Venice Boulevard. BLQ BID Map. On an annual basis, property owners contribute funds towards street maintenance, beautification projects and marketing efforts to benefit the properties and businesses in this bustling area in the City of Los Angeles. The BLQ BID incorporates the communities of the Byzantine Latino Quarter, North Harvard Heights and Pico Union. 

The BLQ BID is guided by its mission of keeping the business corridor clean and free of trash and creating a safe and attractive environment in which people can work, shop and conduct business. 

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