Following in The Footsteps Of Chinatown

<p>From Thai Towns to Little Ethiopias, cultural and ethnically-themed neighborhoods are increasingly sought by cities to lure economic activity and residents.</p>
June 17, 2007, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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Developers and cultutral leaders are "negotiating with the city of Long Beach, east of Los Angeles, to create America's first Cambodia Town."

"If they succeed, it will join a fast-growing club. Before 2000 there were four signposted ethnic enclaves in and around Los Angeles: Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Koreatown and Little Saigon in Orange County. Since then a Little Armenia has appeared, together with a Thai Town, a Historic Filipinotown, a Little Ethiopia and a second Saigon Town. Other cities are following. Last week San Jose, in northern California, was considering a Vietnamese business district."

"Local officials have long seen such places as a cheap way of luring tourists. More recently, many have been influenced by Richard Florida, a sociologist who argues that young, educated workers are attracted to tolerant melting-pots."

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Published on Thursday, June 14, 2007 in The Economist
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