Anglo 'Reconquista' Of Downtown L.A.

After four decades of decline, Los Angeles' core is seeing a white 'yuppie' influx. Gregory Rodriguez argues that in the long run, the traditional residents of the neighborhood will do the most for the city.

As young white professionals move into Koreatown and the central business district, many locals are wondering how 'rooted' these new residents will be. This is not just a matter of demographics; for the ethnically-bonded neighborhoods of Los Angeles, white migration traditionally meant displacement and hardship. Gregory Rodriguez says residents have little to fear; these Anglo pioneers are at home with a diverse crowd, yet will probably move back to the suburbs in a few years. Long-term improvements, Rodriguez says, will come from the ethnic majority who remain tied to geography.

Thanks to Jeffrey Goodman

Full Story: Will White Influx Put Down Roots in L.A. Core?


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