Archive for February 17th, 2010
Koreatown (often abbreviated K-town) is a neighborhood in the Mid-Wilshire district of the city ofLos Angeles, California. Home to a population of 340,000 and covering just under 5-square-mile, it has the highest population density of all neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Only Midtown Manhattan, downtown Manhattan, parts of San Francisco, and Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods rank higher in density in the United States.
The neighborhood is in the midst of a construction boom that has helped fuel an influx of hipsters and gay & lesbian residents priced out from nearby Los Feliz and West Hollywood. Koreatown is ranked America’s 8th Fuel-Efficient Neighborhood for 2008 by Forbes Magazine and is considered one of the top walkable neighborhoods in the nation, and many times over looked as one of the fascinating things to do in Los Angeles.
Today, Koreatown leads Los Angeles in its effort for gentrification. The neighborhood is known for its many commercial and residential mid and high rise towers, its rich collection of pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings, Asian high fashion boutiques, and holding the largest concentration of nightclubs and 24-hour businesses and restaurants in Southern California. It was also the location of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.