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The City of Long Beach is updating its Historic Context Statement and preparing its first-ever historic context statement focused on Race and Suburbanization. These documents are important resources that will guide future planning and land use decisions and will allow those decisions to be rooted in a deeper understanding of the City’s history and evolution to help fill historical gaps within City historic preservation documents, such as the Historic Context Statement, which currently provides very limited information about communities of color and other underrepresented communities. Such documents are used by City staff and professionals as they determine which buildings and places must be protected through historic preservation in order to appropriately convey the City’s complete and inclusive local history.

The draft Race and Suburbanization Historic Context Statement is now available for public review from May 23 to August 5, 2022. It is anticipated that the Historic Context Statement will go to the Cultural Heritage Commission in Summer 2022.

Please click below to review the draft Race and Suburbanization Historic Context Statment:

To provide public comment on the draft Race and Suburbanization Historic Context Statement. Please email:

Why Update?

Long Beach’s Historic Context Statement was last updated in 2009. The update and the preparation of a new focused historic context statement on Race and Suburbanization offer an opportunity to tell a more inclusive story about the City’s history. These documents can offer an in-depth look at Long Beach’s rich LGBTQ community and culture, the experiences of communities of color during periods of segregation and during the Civil Rights era, the evolution of our neighborhoods throughout the late Twentieth Century and Long Beach’s wealth of Mid-Century architecture. With this project, the City of Long Beach hopes to expand its understanding of our neighborhoods and places which may be eligible for historic designation and other historic preservation programs. In particular, the City hopes to further develop its record of sites affiliated with underrepresented and under-recognized communities across the city.


Contact Us

To provide public comment on the draft Race and Suburbanization Historic Context Statement, please email

For more information or questions, please call 562.570.6194 or email