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Old 04-28-2018, 08:04 PM
 
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Your statement gives away a superficial knowledge on the issue.

There is nothing unique about Los Angeles, and certainly not after a few years.

It is still early days, we simply don't know how things will evolve.

We can begin to draw some tentative observations after about 3-4 generations and with confidence after about 200-300 years.

In the meantime, don't hold your breath, you'll turn blue in the face.
Hispanics, particularly Mexicans, have lived in Los Angeles since the foundation of the city. Since then, the flow of immigrants from Mexico and Central America not only hasn't stopped, but has continuously increased. It's not because Hollywood movies show all WASP/Anglo that Los Angeles isn't a Hispanic city. "La Bamba" is an excellent example.
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:00 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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While this might be true in other areas of the country, it doesn't apply to Los Angeles. When the vast majority of the student body comes from Hispanic households, when most the population use (even US-born) use Spanish on a daily basis, when all official forms/inscriptions comes in Spanish, staying away from the language is nearly impossible in LA.



I have been living in LA for a few years and have not noticed that. Hispanics tend to stick to LA for many reason, one of them is feeling at home more so than they would in Portland.



Your statement gives away a superficial knowledge on the issue.
This is also true in San Diego and many other parts of California. I've tried to explain this to people but they know what they know and that's it.

Spanish is a part of life here. You can get by without using English at all. There are radios stations, TV stations, newspapers etc. in Spanish. Almost everywhere you go, someone can speak Spanish. Many people here pick up Spanish simply from being around it so much. People just can't seem to understand this.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:57 PM
 
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I think Miami feels more like a Latin American City than L.A....L.A does have a lot of Hispanics,but it still has an American Feel throughout most of the region.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:05 PM
 
Location: La La Land
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Due to the massive influx of population from South of the border, Los Angeles has been a Hispanic dominated city for quite some time now. The use of the Spanish language is probably more common than English. Does all this qualifies LA to be considered as part of Latin America?
Yes, and New York City is part of Israel.
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Pacific Palisades, CA
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NO, it is not in Latin America.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Eh, calling L.A a "Latin American City" seems like a bit of a stretch. Even if it passes 50% Hispanic I'm still not sure I'd classify it as such. It will likely always be a highly diverse city. It attracts people from all over, not just from Latin America.
You may be correct as far as diverse. It was even that in the 50s. but it is easy to think of it as a "Latin American" city. Not only the population the the traditions, the attitudes of many, the government make up and on and on. There are people from all over the world living in Mexico City as well, but it is still a "Latin Amercan" city.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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What about Montreal? Could it be considered Latin America because the majority of the population are French speaking and French is a Latin language?
Very different and I think you know that. The language may be Latin but but when one thinks French they do not think Latin by any stretch of the imagination. For a city to be considered a nationality city takes more than just the language.
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Old 05-01-2018, 07:17 PM
 
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Very different and I think you know that. The language may be Latin but but when one thinks French they do not think Latin by any stretch of the imagination. For a city to be considered a nationality city takes more than just the language.
I feel that what makes Latin America "Latin" is less the use of a Romance-based language than the indigenous factor.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:58 AM
 
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I think Miami feels more like a Latin American City than L.A....L.A does have a lot of Hispanics,but it still has an American Feel throughout most of the region.
I would agree with the above. Despite the large Latino population in and around LA, it still feels very American. Most of its leaders and institutions aren't Latino. Maybe in the 90s when Villaraigosa lead the city and places like Broadway in Downtown LA felt a little like Mexico City, the city felt as if it was becoming a Latin American city. However all of that has changed. A lot of the city is gentrifying and becoming much too expensive for many Hispanics and other groups to afford. Miami (excl Miami Beach) on the other hand, feels very much like a Latin American City. Its the only large American city where I feel English is the second language no matter the hotel I stay in or where I go in the city. This never happens in LA unless I am in an area known to be predominately Latino.
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Old 05-07-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I would agree with the above. Despite the large Latino population in and around LA, it still feels very American. Most of its leaders and institutions aren't Latino. Maybe in the 90s when Villaraigosa lead the city and places like Broadway in Downtown LA felt a little like Mexico City, the city felt as if it was becoming a Latin American city. However all of that has changed. A lot of the city is gentrifying and becoming much too expensive for many Hispanics and other groups to afford. Miami (excl Miami Beach) on the other hand, feels very much like a Latin American City. Its the only large American city where I feel English is the second language no matter the hotel I stay in or where I go in the city. This never happens in LA unless I am in an area known to be predominately Latino.
Having just moved from Miami to Los Angeles in April I can certainly agree with you. Miami outside of the tourist haven of Miami Beach has a vibe where you can feel like you're outside of the USA. I didn't have any issue with that, but it does occur all over mainland Miami even in rather mixed areas like where I lived. Even though I've only been in LA for a short while I definitely don't get the same vibe I got living in Miami the past few years.
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