When Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at L.A., he sees the city shaped by immigrants. Landmark buildings in Koreatown that adapt and evolve with a new generation. Houses in Arcadia that allow Chinese homeowners a proud, conspicuous place in a new country. Street life across the region that takes its cue from the way Latino neighborhoods blur the line between public and private. In this three-part series, Hawthorne shows us how Southern California may offer the first look at post-immigration America.
A woman walks by the Chapman Park Market, a 1928 landmark. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Part 1: Koreatown
Rather than tear down built-up history, the ever-expanding Koreatown adopts, adapts, preserves and perseveres.
Philip Chan, principal designer at PDS Studio, stands inside a home he worked on. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Part 2: Arcadia
How wealthy Chinese immigrants are remaking a Southland suburb.
A food truck sits parked along the 2100 block of East 92nd Street in Los Angeles. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Part 3: Latino Urbanism
The Latino influence on Los Angeles.