The most important knowledge about any location is where it actually is. You can see the location of Long Beach within California here. It’s about twenty miles south of downtown Los Angeles. It’s part of the Gateway Cities region. It completely surrounds the city of Signal Hill.
There’s a ton of artist collectives, bike-friendly streets, many active neighborhood associations, lots of farmer’s markets… it feels like a smaller, closer knit community than its size as a California city implies.