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Suicide Attempt Wilshire-Vermont Red Line Subway Station Tuesday Night

A man approximately 20 years of age was found under the Red Line subway train at Wilshire & Vermont at about 11:00 Tuesday night.

It was apparently a suicide attempt because people reported that he jumped and was not pushed. The man has been taken to the hospital and is now listed in critical condition.

Metro expects the trains to resume regular operations by morning.

Source: Koreatown LA on Facebook

Note: Metro’s SM team referred to the incident as a “trespasser strike.”

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ABOUT THE WILSHIRE / VERMONT STATION

Wilshire/Vermont Station is located on the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue in East Koreatown LA. Southwestern University and the Robert F Kennedy Community Schools are located nearby. It is a busy subway station known for receiving wireless signals even underground.

The station is designed with two platform levels: eastbound Purple and Red Line trains (to Union Station) use the upper level, and westbound Purple (to Wilshire/Western) and Red (to North Hollywood) trains use the lower level.

Above the station is the Wilshire Vermont mixed-use transit village development, a $136-million apartment and retail complex designed by the firm Arquitectonica on land owned by the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The development opened in 2007 and includes apartments and retail.

Where is Koreatown in LA?

The city of Los Angeles has set the official boundary for KOREATOWN as Olympic Boulevard from Western Avenue to Vermont Avenue on the south, Vermont Avenue from Olympic Boulevard to Third Street on the east, Third Street from Vermont Avenue to Western Avenue on the north, Western Avenue from Third Street to Olympic Boulevard, including a business corridor along Western Avenue from Third Street to Rosewood Avenue.

Wilshire Boulevard is the major thoroughfare.

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In February 2009, Scarlet Eum of 626 S. Plymouth Boulevard submitted a formal petition to the City of Los Angeles to name/rename the Koreatown community with the following boundaries:

  • Melrose Avenue and Beverly Boulevard to the North
  • Vermont Avenue and Hoover Street to the East
  • Pico Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard to the South
  • Wilton Place and Crenshaw Boulevard to the West

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In August 2010, the City Council approved the boundaries of Koreatown as

  • Olympic Boulevard from Western Avenue to Vermont Avenue on the south
  • Vermont Avenue from Olympic Boulevard to Third Street on the east
  • Third Street from Vermont Avenue to Western Avenue on the north
  • Western Avenue from Third Street to Olympic Boulevard on the west
  • including a business corridor along Western Avenue from Third Street to Rosewood Avenue situated inside East Hollywood

The proposed boundaries include both sides of the street.

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Useful sites to check out:

VisitKoreatown.org – the area’s tourism authority¬† @VisitKoreatown

Koreatown LA on Facebook: http://facebook.com/KoreatownLA

Koreatown LA on Twitter: @KoreatownLA

The best spot for tourists to capture the Korean flavor of Koreatown LA (where over 65% of the actual residents are Latino and less than 15% are Korean) is Olympic Boulevard between Western Avenue and Vermont Avenue.