Development Services

History Matters LB

The City of Long Beach is updating its Historic Context Statement and preparing its first-ever historic context statement focused on Race and Suburbanization. These documents are important resources that will guide future planning and land use decisions and will allow those decisions to be rooted in a deeper understanding of the City’s history and evolution, including the communities of color that have helped shape it.

“History Matters LB” is the project and “Mark the Map” is the tool we’ve created for you to share your stories with us. Through “Mark the Map,” you'll be able to contribute the stories about the places you care about that will inform this effort! Your story of the people and places of Long Beach is the story of Long Beach."

Why Update?

Long Beach’s Historic Context Statement was last updated in 2009. The update and the preparation of a new focused historic context statement on Race and Suburbanization offer an opportunity to tell a more inclusive story about the City’s history. These documents can offer an in-depth look at Long Beach’s rich LGBTQ community and culture, the experiences of communities of color during periods of segregation and during the Civil Rights era, the evolution of our neighborhoods throughout the late Twentieth Century and Long Beach’s wealth of Mid-Century architecture.

With this project the City of Long Beach hopes to expand its understanding of our neighborhoods and places which may be eligible for historic designation and other historic preservation programs. In particular, the City hopes to further develop its record of sites affiliated with underrepresented and under-recognized communities across the City.

Get Involved!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming community events!
  • Tell us about a place you’d like our team to consider as we create a more comprehensive and inclusive Historic Context Statement.
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Contact Us

For more information or questions, please call (562) 570-6194 or email