Little Bangladesh, Los Angeles

Little Bangladesh
Little Bangladesh Neighborhood sign located at the intersection of New Hampshire and Third Street
Little Bangladesh Neighborhood sign
located at the intersection of
New Hampshire and Third Street
Little Bangladesh is located in Los Angeles
Little Bangladesh
Little Bangladesh
Location within Central Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°04′08″N 118°17′52″W / 34.0690°N 118.2979°W / 34.0690; -118.2979
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)

Little Bangladesh (Bengali: লিটল বাংলাদেশ) is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

History

Little Bangladesh was officially designated by the City of Los Angeles in 2010.[1] It is the cultural and culinary hub of LA's Bangladeshi community.[2]

Designation of the neighborhood as “Little Bangladesh” caused some friction with some Korean-Americans in Los Angeles, who wanted the area named as a part of Koreatown. In 2009, City Councilman Tom LaBonge opposed the neighborhood designation, and instead suggested the community erect a statue at a local park and consider neighborhood designation sometime in the future.[3] After neighborhood leaders organized residents for more than a year to lobby the Los Angeles City Council, Little Bangladesh received its official designation in 2010. Signage marking the area was installed in 2011.[2]

Geography

North side of 3rd St., in Little Bangladesh
Minimall on 3rd St.

Little Bangladesh is four-block area along 3rd Street between Alexandria and New Hampshire Avenues.[4] It is a tree-lined residential community that also includes restaurants, shops and art galleries. [5] The neighborhood is surrounded by Koreatown.

Demographics

The 2000 census showed a Bangladeshi population of 1,700 in Los Angeles County.[3] In 2010, the South Asian Network, a cultural and advocacy group with an office nearby, estimated the Bangladeshi population in the area at more than 20,000, based on a community mapping project it did in 2005. Community leaders have identified the area as having a lower- to middle-income population.[5]

See also

  • The South Asian Network - An advocacy group established in 1990. [1]
  • Little Bangladesh website [2]

References

  1. ^ "LA designates Little Bangladesh neighborhood". ABC7. 2011-01-16. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "In LA's Koreatown, Little Bangladesh Stakes Its Claim".
  3. ^ a b Jang, Mira (2009-04-07). "Koreans and Bangladeshis Vie in Los Angeles District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  4. ^ Brenner, Lisa (November 28, 2010). "Big Identity Trouble In Little Bangladesh". LAist.com. Retrieved 12 February 2022. The four-block stretch of 3rd Street between Alexandria and New Hampshire is now an official new neighborhood with a shiny blue sign to prove it.
  5. ^ a b Abdulrahim, Raja (Nov 28, 2010). "Little Bangladesh must grow into its name". Los Angeles Times.

Coordinates: 34°04′08″N 118°17′52″W / 34.0690°N 118.2979°W / 34.0690; -118.2979