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Little Bangladesh and Koreatown Approved as Official L.A. City Neighborhoods

Residents of Little Bangladesh cheer after a unanimous vote recognizes their neighborhood | Photo by Jeremy Oberstein, office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian
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Everyone knows where Koreatown is, but the city has never officially recognized it. That is until now. The L.A. City Council this morning voted to create boundaries for two new neighborhoods: Koreatown and Little Bangladesh.

"I think it will shock people to know that we're making something official that everybody has assumed was offiical for many years," City Council President Eric Garcetti said about Koreatown.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who represents the neighborhoods and worked for 18 months -- at first, it was insanely controversial -- to make this happen. "It is a great triumph for those 15,000 to 20,000 who live in that area to have a little piece of home in their own neighborhoods in Los Angeles," he said about Little Bangladesh.