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Located in the western San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, Alhambra is only 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Originally the land on which Alhambra would sit was a part of a land grant given under the Spanish conquest in 1771 and it was in 1820 the land became a part of the Mexican Republic. Like a game of pass-the-parcel, the land was once again transferred into the hands of the United States following the Mexican-American War. Named after the famous Alhambra palace in Granada (Spain), it was developed as a suburb of Los Angeles in the mid-19th Century. Promoted as a "city of homes", Alhambra is awash in architectural wonders from bungalows to Spanish colonial and Mediterranean styles. There are 26 residential areas designated historic neighborhoods. Its main business district has been the hub of commerce since 1895 and it appears that the largest contributors to the local economy are car dealerships. The city is home to the Los Angeles campus of Platt College and the Los Angeles Campus of Alliant International University spawning the next generation of tech savvy youth. Its population is around the 83,089 mark with many carrying out their morning coffee rituals in one of the many cafes before scurrying off to a coworking venue to get creative.
There are a lot of brains walking around the streets of California, as the California Institute of Technology generates more patents than any other university in the United States and the University of California in Los Angeles creates more startups. The area has a startup density on a par with many Silicon Valley cities. California is said to offer to the next generation of tech innovators the perfect base to launch startups with its strong university system, access to funding, brainpower and talent, a strong ecosystem and a great lifestyle where the weather is warm. California's integrated community of universities with the startup ecosystem is producing innovative and creative entrepreneurs. With many graduates wanting to stay on their own home-turf, coworking venues have become the playground and the hang out enclave for these out-of-the-box thinkers where they can get support, mingle with a likeminded community and get their stuff done.
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