Past discrimination has a lot to do with it. In the mid-1920s, L.A.’s Filipino workers lived in a run-down area of Little Tokyo because racial prejudice kept them from buying or renting elsewhere. An urban renewal plan leveled their Little Tokyo residential hotels, just as subsequent city initiatives would demolish their boardinghouses on nearby Bunker Hill and around Temple and Beaudry streets. After World War II, the racist immigration policies and real estate restrictions were reformed. The population began shifting a little farther northwest into a two-mile corridor bordered by Hoover, Glendale, Beverly, and the 101 freeway, where Filipino families could finally buy homes and set up lasting institutions in the area now known as Historic Filipinotown.
Photograph courtesy historicfilipinotown.org