Los Angles, California


The city of Los Angles is the biggest city in the state of California. Bigger than some states.

Facts

Here are some facts about the city

  • Population
    • 3,898,747
      • 2nd in the United States and 1st in California
  • Area
    • 501.55 sq mi

History

A little bit of history about Los Angles (LA)

  • Pre-colonial
    • Settled by the Tongva and Chumash tribes
  • Spanish rule
    • 1771 Franciscan friar Junipero Serra. A group of 40 settlers founded the town of Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angles.
  • Mexican rule
    • In 1821,  New Spain achieved its independence.
  • 1847 to Present
    • The Americans took control of California after the Mexican-American war and the Treaty of Cahuenga

The City

The city has had a lot of spotlight on it over time.

After World War II, the city grew rapidly. There were six major aircraft manufacturers. Also built hundreds of ships.

Had several issues with racial tensions

Watts in 1965 24 deaths and over 1,000 injuries

In 1992, the beating of Rodney King and the Acquittal of 4 LAPD officers resulted in large riots.

1969 brought the founding of ARPANET, you know the internet.

 In 1984, the Summer Olympics were held in LA and 14  communist countries boycotted the games.

1994 brought a 6.7 Northridge Earthquake and $12.5 billion in damages.

LA will once again host the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2028. This is the 3rd time hosting the Olympics and becomes the third city to do so.

Divided into many different districts and neighborhoods.

Not Immune

Crime is in LA, there were 1,092 murders in LA, that was in 1992. However, in 2009 there were 314. Quite the difference.

Homelessness is there in LA, with about 41,000 in 2020. They have that problem as well.

Gangs are in LA, there are about 45,000 that are in a total of 450 gangs. Including the following:

  • Crips
  • Blood
  • Surenos
  • Mara Salvatrucha

It is the gang capital of America.

Plenty of things

There are plenty of things to do in LA. Like sports, schools, and various other things to do. They have an insane highway system.

Summary

It is a good place to visit, but you have to be careful where you go. It is a big city with a rich history.  There are a lot of things to do there. The airport is a major hub as well


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