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Located eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Alhambra

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A statue of Benjamin Davis Wilson, Alhambra''s ''founding father'', stands in the square in front of the Edwards/Regal Renaissance cinema in Alhambra, Los Angeles; May 2009

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New Chinese community - City of San Gabriel, Park, Alchambra

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Located eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Alhambra is often referred to as the "Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley." A distinctive city logo depicts a Moorish-style archway leading into the city reminiscent of the historic Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The City received its name from a book entitled The Alhambra by Washington Irving, published in 1832, 71 years before its incorporation in 1903. The majority of land within the City''s current boundaries was included in a 1771 land grant that led to the establishment of the nearby San Gabriel Mission.

This bridge crosses the Alhambra Wash, a natural water course that has been channelized for flood control purposes, although the bridge was built before the wash was channelized. In recent years, Valley Blvd. has undergone significant changes and has become much more highly commercialized that it had been. On both sides of Valley at the Alhambra Wash, major businesses have opened. On the south of Valley next to the wash where a drive-in theater once stood there is now a huge shopping mall. On north side next to the wash was a small motel, which is now a six story Hilton. With lots of demand for parking and little open space, both of these two businesses petitioned the Flood Control District to cover the wash with concrete decks for additional parking, which was granted. As a result, the wash and the bridge are entirely invisible from Valley Blvd. Only the balustrade is visible which looking siding for the parking lots rather than sides of bridge. Driving bye, one would never know there was a stream or bridge

From Los Angeles to Pomona, Valley Boulevard provides a window into the history of Southern California and also serves as a gateway into far away worlds.
In Alhambra, the street takes drivers into a Chinese-American mecca that some say puts L.A.''s historic Chinatown to shame.

The wide array of authentic Chinese restaurants, stores and businesses in the West San Gabriel Valley is unmatched, said Joseph Lee, president of the Chinese American Restaurant Association, which is located in Alhambra. This, he said, has led many to call the area a "new Chinatown."

"With so many Chinese restaurants and Chinese supermarkets within a 10 miles radius, it is probably the biggest Chinatown in the U.S.," Lee said.

Chamber of Commerce President Mark Paulson said he has seen the transformation since Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants began moving to Alhambra in the 1980s.

He said businesses began popping up representing all different areas of China, especially along Valley Boulevard, as more and more immigrants decided to make Alhambra their home.

"Valley Boulevard has become kind of like a Chinatown east, as opposed to the Chinatown in downtown L.A.," Paulson said. "It has become quite the landmark, (the restaurants) are regularly featured in culinary articles about restaurants and so forth."

Downtown''s old Chinatown, as it''s now known, was actually New Chinatown when it welcomed the public on June 25, 1938, with a gala party attended by, among many others, Hollywood''s first Chinese-American movie star, Anna Mae Wong.
Often overlooked in accounts of that opening day, however, was that New Chinatown was built from the ground up to replace Old Chinatown, which was razed to make room for another LA landmark, historic Union Station.

An entire neighborhood of thousands of people occupying buildings dotting more than a dozen streets was packed up and moved to the middle of what was then Little Italy and Frenchtown.

"They had no property rights, so it was easy to move them," Fenton Eng, administrator of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, says dryly, adding that laws allowing Chinese immigrants to become U.S. citizens and own property were still several years away.

In large part those immigrants have preferred the San Gabriel Valley.

Alhambra Councilman Gary Yamauchi said the city''s Asian population has now jumped to nearly 50 percent. This bustling Chinese-American community, he said, has led restaurants like the popular Phoenix Inn to become very successful.

"If you drive down Valley Boulevard on Friday night at about 10:30, the restaurants are all full," Yamauchi said. "It''s incredible."

And it''s not just restaurants that line Valley Boulevard, he added. At least 10-15 Chinese banks have also moved onto the street, which is sometimes nicknamed "Asian Wall Street."

"(The city) wanted to make that like the financial hub of the San Gabriel Valley and I think the attraction for the banks has proved that to be a good thing," Yamauchi said.

Chinese-Americans have now become a staple in the Alhambra community, Yamauchi said, not only running the city''s businesses but also more recently becoming leaders in organizations like the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

"The Alhambra community could not survive without the Asian businessmen," he said.

There are also so many Chinese-American organizations in town, he added, that he can "barely remember all the acronyms."

Councilman Stephen Sham said Alhambra was originally a temporary home for many immigrants who wanted a community to feel comfortable in while they got on their feet. Now, he said, it has become more stable as families took advantage of the city''s improving school district and low real estate prices.

"It''s become less and less of them thinking they are just transient," he said. "They are sticking around more."

But Sham said calling Alhambra the "New Chinatown" may be premature, as it does not yet have the means to turn it into and market itself as a tourist destination. Also, he said, the city is a place for all different cultures, not just Chinese.

"I think certainly we have a lot of Chinese people here, but we recognize there are also others," Sham said. "I think Alhambra is a place for a cultural melting pot. It''s not just for one set of cultural or ethnic destination."

Regardless of whether the area deserves the Chinatown title, Alhambra School Board Member Bob Gin said the city''s wide array of authentic cuisine along with city-wide festivals like the annual Lunar New Year celebration give Alhambra residents an important window into the Chinese culture.

Even, he said, if they sometimes complain about the lack of "American" restaurants.

"I think it brings a lot of good understanding of the Asian culture and traditions," Gin said. "It brings it into the community so other people understand what the culture is like."

The Associated Press contributed to this story History of Mexican Americans in California:

Major ancestry groups reported by Alhambra residents include:

Birth & death records
Census records
Court & land records
Family & local history
Immigration records
Military records
Chinese, except Taiwanese - 34%
Mexican - 27%
Vietnamese - 6%
Other Hispanic or Latino - 5%
German - 3%
Irish - 2%
Filipino - 2%
Taiwanese - 2%
English - 2%
Central American: - 2%
Japanese - 2%
Italian - 2%
Black or African American - 2%
French (except Basque) - 1%
Korean - 1%
Salvadoran - 1%
South American - 1%
Asian Indian - 1%
American Indian tribes, specified - 1%
Scotch-Irish - 1%
Thai - 1%
Indonesian - 1%
Cuban - 1%
Scottish - 1%

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A History of Chinese Americans in California
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Histore of Alchambra

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