Demographics And Overview Of Cities

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Demographics and Overview of Cities
The issue of homelessness has plagued the United States for many years, more today in populated urbanized cities. The San Gabriel Valley began with the Spanish conquest of the indigenous Tongva people, leading to the Mexican government finally secularizing and dividing the land to individuals. This further prompted large scale industrialization works such as railroads to be attempted, and the immense success of the railroads, along with the blossoming agricultural economy, led to the immigration of Mexican-American and Asian-American laborers to seek employment in this area (Singleton 49-50). The issue of homelessness grew hand in hand with the ever growing economy.
The focus of the study of homelessness was on two cities in particular, El Monte and Baldwin Park, but an overview of the Service Planning Area 3 gives a better starting point in viewing the area. The physical location of the San Gabriel Valley (right) is east of the city of Los Angeles, bordered to the north by mountains, contained by hills to the east and west, and completed by the Puente Hills to the south. It is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country, including 31 different cities, which in turn contain large communities of racially diverse peoples (Cheng 21).
Next to note are the demographics of the service planning area. As of 2010, a rough estimate places close to 2 million individuals in the San Gabriel Valley, with the 2000 census counting the
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