A section of San Pedro was dubbed Wednesday “Historic Little Italy” by the Los Angeles City Council.
Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is of Italian descent and represents the San Pedro area, introduced the motion calling for the designation, which will include the installation of street signs at key intersections.
The motion says that the history of Italian immigrants in Los Angeles dates back to the 1800s, with high concentrations located initially in what is now the Arts District and Civic Center. By the late 1800s, the motion says the Italian population had grown to around 2,000, with many of the immigrants settling around El Pueblo, and by the 1900s, the Italian community would expand into present-day Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Elysian Park and San Pedro.
The neighborhood in San Pedro is “now home to the region’s largest concentration of persons of Italian ancestry. It is appropriate for the city to memorialize the vibrant enclaves that comprise an important part of our city’s history and multicultural fabric,” the motion says.
The area of Historic Little Italy will be marked with signs at various intersections, including Ninth Street and Gaffey Street, Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue, Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue, Sixth Street and Mesa Street, 12th Street and Gaffey Street, 12th Street and Mesa Street, 13th Street and Gaffey Street, 17th Street and Gaffey Street, 13th Street and Mesa Street, and 17th Street and Mesa Street.
The motion was approved on a 13-0 vote.