A stretch of Northwest Dallas has been officially designated as Koreatown.
The 1.6 mile area and its large number of Korean-owned businesses from Royal Lane and Harry Hines Boulevard to Luna Road received the recognition after Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill sponsored by Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-TX), reports KRLD1080.
“I hope this will lead to many more opportunities to build closer working partnerships between the Korean American community and other communities for growth, collaboration and mutual respect with greater appreciation for diversity in Dallas,” Sung-Joo Yoo, president of the Korean Society of Dallas said in a written statement to the Dallas News.
Charles Park moved to Dallas when he was 33 years old.
“Now I’m 86, so there is no other place for me,” he said in support of the bill.
English-Korean street signs began going up in January in anticipation of the designation which will stay in place for ten years.
“Immigrants are the oxygen that flows through the veins of the Texas economy,” Ancia said to WFAA.
An estimated 100,000 immigrants live in the area.
“The Koreatown Designation in northwest Dallas is an important step in recognizing the impactful business contributions of the Korean community,” said Dallas City Council Member Omar Narvaez to WFAA.
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