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, and 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 that 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.