South Los Angeles liquor stores

Community opposition has prevented most of about 200 liquor stores burned in the 1992 Los Angeles riots from reopening. Korean ownership, which was concentrated in South Los Angeles, has also dwindled in the last two decades.

South Los Angeles liquor stores

South L.A. before and after

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Before: 625 liquor stores in 1992.
After: 451 liquor stores in 2012.

Liquor store owners’ names were matched to a dictionary of Korean surnames. A small percentage of names that could also be Chinese were included except when obviously not Korean. Names that could be non-Asian, such as Lee, were included only with a Korean given name.