PROFILE OF RESIDENTS
IN THE CIVIL UNREST AREA
A brief look at a map
that plots the locations of buildings that were severely damaged
or destroyed during the civil unrest will reveal that while the
damage was very widespread, it tended to be concentrated in definable
neighborhoods and communities within the county. In order to better
understand the underlying factors that contributed to the civil
unrest it is worthwhile to examine available data that describe
the economic conditions and demographic profiles of the residents
of areas that were most strongly affected by the unrest. The following
graphs, maps, tables, and descriptive narrative provide an overview
of selected statistics that, taken as a whole, describe some of
the ways in which the geographic areas that contained most of
the severely damaged buildings differ from the areas of Los Angeles
County that either suffered less damage, or were completely unaffected.
The data included in this section were derived from two sources:
1990 Census, with
detailed data on residents by census tract.
Various building and
safety departments (city and county) which developed lists of
buildings, by address, that were damaged during the unrest. Only
the buildings that were designated for commercial use and that
were at least 50 percent destroyed or that were designated as
unsafe are included in this report.
In preparing the data
for this section, the census data and the count of damaged or
destroyed buildings were first summed to the 1990 census-tract
level. For the tables and graphs, these data were then further
aggregated to Los Angeles City Planning Areas, and to Census Places
which had a significant amount of unrest-related destruction.
While most of the geographic areas selected for analysis in this
study vary significantly from the county as a whole in most of
the statistics presented here, some of the areas-in particular
the Wilshire, Hollywood, and San Pedro Planning Areas and the
City of Long Beach--tended to fall more in line with countywide
averages. This is because these populous areas are much less homogeneous,
and most of the destruction that did occur there was usually in
or near census tracts in which the population characteristics
contrasted sharply with those of the residents in other parts
of those same communities.
Some of the Census Places shown are unincorporated county areas
which are called census Designated Places" (CDP) because
they are recognized, closely settled communities.
Analysis of the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest
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