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Chinatown in Los Angeles, California is located in the city's downtown area. Built in 1938, it is the second Chinatown to be constructed in Los Angeles. The original historic Chinatown was founded in the late 19th century, but was demolished to make room for Union Station, the city's major rail depot, leaving its residents and businesses displaced. It is one of three current major Chinatowns in California; one in San Francisco and the other being in Oakland. Old Chinatown in its heyday, 1890 to 1910, could count 15 or so streets and alleys, and perhaps 200 building units. It had sufficient size and sophistication to boast of a Chinese opera theater, three temples, a newspaper (for a while), and later, its own telephone exchange. Old Chinatown was a residential as well as commercial community. The slow increase in the number of women would lead to the establishment of families with children. During this time, most of today's leading Chinese family and district associations, Chinatown institutions were founded, and church missions were organized, which began the process of community acculturation. Old Chinatown, with restaurants, curio shops, and "strange" entertainments, even became an attraction for the early, pioneering breed of American tourist.
Los Angeles Chinatown is incomparable with San Francisco's Chinatown in both size and history. However, their are several amazing and very reasonably priced nice restaurants, and the neighborhood is very Metro accessible. The shops are as you would expect, a lot of souvenirs,cheap T-shirts, and fireworks. A lot of people get Dim Sum in Chinatown before a matinee Dodger game.
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