I’m surprised I’ve never covered the heart of Dogtown, which sits on a relatively elevated location on the western edge of the city.
The heart of the area is Tamm Avenue, where the neighborhood’s Irish heritage comes out.
Dogtown was just always a solid, working-class neighborhood; the name supposedly comes from the dogs left out by owners when they headed down to the valley to work at the clay mines and brick yards.
The housing stock is typical for the first couple of decades of the Twentieth Century, and multi-family housing is mixed in with single family bungalows.
There aren’t really many mansions in the neighborhood.
But there are some stunning apartment buildings up on the streets near Forest Park.