About the Update

“Colorful Dancer” by John Robinson, 1990.  Long Beach Public Library Digital Archive .

“Colorful Dancer” by John Robinson, 1990. Long Beach Public Library Digital Archive.

Long Beach is a place with unique, meaningful history. As one of the most diverse cities in the nation, it’s important that we tell the story of our residents and our neighborhoods. That’s why, beginning in 2019, the City of Long Beach will update its Historic Context Statement.

This document is a critical resource when it comes to our local history. It outlines the City’s collection of architecture, historical real estate development timeline, cultural evolutions, and the contributions of important local individuals. The document is used by City staff and professionals as they determine which places must be protected in order to appropriately convey our local history.

In the 10 years since this document was last updated, the definition of what is ‘historic’ has changed on a national scale. In the past, ‘historic’ places were generally limited to places with substantial architectural value or a direct association with a traditionally important person (such as a City founder.)

Over the past decade, preservation groups have changed this approach. Today, cities across the country (including Long Beach) recognize that buildings and other places do not have to have architectural value or be associated with a wealthy individual in order to bear historic significance.

As we update Long Beach’s Historic Context Statement, our team aims to enhance its documentation of the many communities and cultures in Long Beach. In doing so, we can create a more direct path towards respecting their contributions to our community.

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