The creation of Koreatown
In the early 1900s, Koreans gathered around downtown Los Angeles‘ Bunker Hill. This is because ethnic integration laws limit them to low-income, diverse areas. By the 1930s, Koreans had moved to Jefferson Boulevard between Western and Vermont Avenues. The second significant change occurred in the late 1960s. In the 1960s, as the African-American population grew in South Los Angeles, white middle-class Americans began to move to the central Wilshire area. The area to the north along Olympic Boulevard has changed from a predominantly white area to a predominantly Asian residential area. Now it has become the center of the Korean American population. However, different sources have defined other boundaries for Koreatown, the Korean American community. In 1980, the city was officially designated. Los Angeles, CA has embraced Koreatown as a neighborhood.
Official boundaries of Koreatown:
Vermont Avenue to the east, Western Avenue to the west, Third Street to the north, and Olympic Boulevard to the south. The commercial street about 3/4 mile from Western Avenue to Rosewood Avenue is also part of the Koreatown area. As of 2010, Los Angeles considered expanding Koreatown further west to include Wilshire Park and the Park Mile. The proposal was rejected, and the committee decided that the western boundary of Koreatown was Western Avenue. Koreatown Shopping Center, The Koreatown Shopping Center, is located along Olympic Boulevard. It is “generally bounded by Eighth Street on the north, Twelfth Street on the south, Western Avenue on the west, and continuing east toward Vermont Avenue,” according to the City, According to the Los Angeles Wilshire Community Plan.
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