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December 11, 1986

Popular Shops Pacific Boulevard has long been synonymous with shopping in the city since the 1920s. From the '20s to the '50s, it was considered the premier shopping place in the southeast Los Angeles County area. Then "white flight" hit the city, which in turn affected the string of shops lining Pacific, from Florence to Gage avenues. The vacancy rate in the 1960s and '70s reached a high of 45%. The City Council then began drastic measures to halt the strip's downward slide. Primarily, the boulevard--also called the central business district--was included in a redevelopment area in the late 1970s. Now there's a waiting list to rent space, and about 50% of the businesses are owned by Latinos. In 1985, taxes generated on the boulevard totaled almost $100 million, and this year tax revenue is expected to reach $120 million. "We plan on dominating the region," said James Funk, redevelopment director.

Pacific Boulevard has long been synonymous with shopping in the city since the 1920s. From the '20s to the '50s, it was considered the premier shopping place in the southeast Los Angeles County area. Then "white flight" hit the city, which in turn affected the string of shops lining Pacific, from Florence to Gage avenues. The vacancy rate in the 1960s and '70s reached a high of 45%. The City Council then began drastic measures to halt the strip's downward slide. Primarily, the boulevard--also called the central business district--was included in a redevelopment area in the late 1970s. Now there's a waiting list to rent space, and about 50% of the businesses are owned by Latinos. In 1985, taxes generated on the boulevard totaled almost $100 million, and this year tax revenue is expected to reach $120 million. "We plan on dominating the region," said James Funk, redevelopment director.

CITY SERVICES City Hall 582-6161

6550 Miles Ave.

Police (business) 582-6161, 587-5211

6542 Miles Ave.

Fire (business) 589-1350

6301 Santa Fe Ave.

Fire (business) 589-1311

3255 Saturn Ave.

Post Office 587-2145

6606 Seville Ave.

Library 583-1461

6518 Miles Ave.

In Emergency, Dial 911GOVERNMENT City Council: Herbert A. Hennes Jr. (mayor), Thomas E. Jackson (mayor pro tem), William Cunningham, Jack W. Parks, Jim Roberts

City Manager: Donald L. Jeffers

Fire Chief: John Englund

Police Chief: Geano Contessotto

AREA LAWMAKERS Congress: Augustus F. Hawkins, Democrat, 29th District; 4509 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90037; (213) 233-0733

State Assembly: Teresa P. Hughes, Democrat, 47th District; 3375 S. Hoover St., Suite F, Los Angeles, 90007; (213) 747-7451

State Senate: Bill Greene, Democrat, 27th District; 8514 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90003-3387; (213) 620-5600

County Supervisor: Peter F. Schabarum, 1st District; Hall of Administration, No. 856, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, 90012; (213) 974-4111

STATISTICS Population: 52,153

Area: 3.04 square miles

Incorporation: Sept. 1, 1906

Median household income: $15,353

Median home value: $62,703

Median age: 26.7 years

Racial/ethnic mix: Latino, 84.1%; white, 71.4%; black, 0.8%%; other, 27.8%

(Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) Statistics: Donnelley Demographics (1985 estimates)

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