A week after a over the last few decades in the San Gabriel Valley, the Atlantic Cities blog has a piece focused specifically on San Marino.
The focus of the piece is how San Marino has gone from being a city with a vast majority of white residents to one with a large Asian population. From the blog:
San Marino isn’t just affluent, it’s exclusive—and it always has been. For much of its history, San Marino’s exclusivity was both economic and racial. The city’s moneyed gentility masked a potent undercurrent of racially tinged conservatism. In 1970, it was 99.7 percent white.
Today, by contrast, only 49.8 percent of households in San Marino are headed by whites. In a few decades, the total population of one of Los Angeles’s most elite and most monochromatic suburbs has become majority-Asian.
The piece goes on to discuss San Marino history, quoting from old newspaper editorials and discussing the racial composition of San Marino High.
We want to know what you think of the piece? Is it a good starting point for a discussion? Anything you disagree with? How do you think San Marino has changed over the years? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments section.