Graham is part of the Florence-Graham community in Los Angeles. This neighborhood is not that far from the infamous "Watts" area of the city but has, in recent years, been the subject of attempts at revitalization. There are dozens of restaurants in the area. Some are chain and others are privately-owned. For dog lovers, there are several pet supply stores nearby. The same applies to fenced-in dog parks with the nearest ones being in the Art District. Like many neighborhoods in this part of L.A., walking young Fifi here during the daylight hours by yourself should be fine. But if you need to go out walking late at night, you might want to have a human walking partner for safety.
Summers here never get too hot with temperatures hanging around the mid-80s and practically no sign of rain. The only way you will ever see snow is to seek it out in other parts of the state.
The terrain here is pretty much the same as you might expect to find in any older suburban area of L.A. In other words, it's mostly flat with a few mildly rolling hills and densely packed housing. It is, for the most part, a paved jumble of blocks going in different directions with very little in the way of green space.
Going for walks with Fifi is something you will need to take very slowly at first if they are a youngster. The reason for this is simple. For the pads on the bottom of their paws, the coarse surface of the concrete is similar to you walking back and forth on sandpaper. If you don’t give the paws time to build a layer of protective callus, they could easily end up causing discomfort. Keep your daily walks interesting by changing the blocks the two of you walk around to ensure neither of you gets bored!
Like many areas of L.A., Graham comes up a bit short regarding green spaces for you and Fifi to play in. However, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park on Graham Ave. offers walking trails, sports fields, and large areas of green for the two of you to run around on. Keep in mind that this is not a dog park, so you must keep Fifi on a leash while you are at the park. Be sure to bring your own waste bags and take the time to clean up any messes they leave behind.
Further south on Graham Ave. is Leon H. Washington Park with plenty of trails for the two of you to walk along and lots of grass to play on. The park has plenty of shade trees to relax under and a community pool for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day.