Cosmopolitan Northbridge: A changing inner-city ethnic landscape

Network Books
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Northbridge Studies Day Papers, 2009, 1st, pp. 249 - 275
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Northbridge is an ethnic precinct in inner-city Perth. It is a precinct w.ith a changing ethnic history, at one tie 'Chinatown', at another 'Little Italy' and 'Little Saigon'. Its key character is the great ethnic diversity of the immigrant enterprises and other buildings, churches, mosques, clubs, community organisations that are part of its built environment. Successive waves of immigrants have helped to make Northbridge a colourful centre for cosmopolitan consumption and a key site for Perth's entertainment industries, with the dozens of small retail and hospitality businesses established by immigrant entrepreneurs making the area a favorite with many diners and gourmet shoppers. With the changing waves of immigration, the character of Northbridge'S enterprises has also changed as new immigrant owners have opened new businesses and others have shut down.
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