Little India, Artesia, California
Little India is an Indian enclave centered on Pioneer Boulevard between 183rd and 188th streets in the city of Artesia, California. It is the largest Indian enclave in southern California. As of 2003, approximately 120 shops in the area catered to Indian customers. Though (as of 2004) less than 5% of the city's population was Indian American, Little India contributed approximately a quarter of the city's sales tax receipts.
In 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act abolished restrictive quotas on immigrants from certain regions. During the ensuing increase in immigration from India to the United States, many Indians settled in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The region's first Indian grocery store was initially established in Hollywood, but it relocated to Artesia in 1970 at the behest of Indians living in Orange County. Other Indian immigrants also settled in Artesia in the 1970s, which was relatively inexpensive at the time. Over the next few decades, more Indian businesses opened in the area. Some local politicians proposed signage officially designating the area as "Little India" in 2004, but this proved divisive. Many opposed such signage on the grounds that it would improperly privilege one ethnic group in a diverse area. Ultimately, the area was designated the Artesia International and Cultural Shopping District on street signs.
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