Whittier is at once a suburban tangle of endless streets and strip malls, as well as a lush, tree-lined town. Its downtown (here it’s called Uptown Whittier) with its park, movie theater, and old-timey architecture, provides a central, small-town feeling that unites all people of Whittier. Located on the southern rim of the San Gabriel Valley, only 19 miles from downtown LA, it is a world in itself. Despite its small-town vibe, it is also surprisingly eclectic and irreverent. Here, you’ll see rockabilly families, skater girls, punk rock kids dressed in all black, geek chic kids, older adults with piercings, full tattoo sleeves, and bright hair, all walking, hanging out, and sharing the landscape. You will also find vintage record shops, Mexican folk art shops, used bookstores, coffee shops, and restaurants, along with a 99 cent store, a pawn shop, and a beauty school.