Probably SoCal’s most defining characteristic is the diversity you find within its borders. Take the downtown neighborhood of, Chinatown, for example. Originally established as a commercial center for Chinese and other Asian businesses in Central Los Angeles, Chinatown is home to some 10,000 residents. In the 1860’s the Central Pacific Railroad Co. hired thousands of Chinese men, mostly from the Guangdong province in southern China, to work on the western portion of the first transcontinental railroad. Between 1890 and 1910, Chinatown grew to approximately fifteen streets and alleys that contained more than two-hundred buildings. Although the neighborhood was thriving and grew to include a Chinese Opera theater, three temples, and its own newspaper and telephone exchange, immigration law prevented residents from obtaining citizenship and becoming property owners so future growth was inhibited. As such the neighborhood began to enter into steep decline during the early 1910’s. With most residents forced into tenantship or being lessees, rather than owners, amongst the discolored, growing view of gambling houses, opium dens, a fierce tong warfare, and impending redevelopment, owners neglected to upkeep their buildings and business in the area was reduced.
Seven years later, a proposal was passed designating a location for a new Chinatown to be built. The original Chinatown’s only remaining building is the two-story Garnier Building, once a residence and meeting place for Chinese immigrants. The Chinese American Museum is now situated in the Garnier Building. Still a concentrated business center today, New Chinatown is flanked by Elysian Park, Lincoln Heights, Downtown, and Echo Park. With more than 72% of residents being born outside of the United States, Chinatown is the L.A. neighborhood with the highest number of immigrants.
Chinatown is a prime location to begin any L.A. adventure. Near such places as Olvera Street, Avila Adobe, Thien Hau Temple, Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Art, La Plaza Cultura de Artes, The Brewery Art Colony, Sepulveda House Museum, Coagula Curatorial, Charlie James Gallery and the Museum of Social Justice, there are endless ways to spend your day. One thing you won’t want to do in Chinatown is waste an afternoon waiting for a car wash. With the arrival of the mobile car wash app from MobileWash, now you’ll never have to.
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