Boston's Chinatown had a unique beginning. Chinese immigrants were brought all the way from California to help break up a strike at a local factory. Many of these West Coast transplants remained, opening businesses, including laundries and restaurants. Despite occasional troubles, they found life and business easier in Boston than in California.
Though a majority of today's residents are still of East Asian descent, mainly Chinese and Vietnamese, Boston's Chinatown is also gaining popularity among other groups. Gentrification is widespread, with new condo developments springing up and growing in demand thanks to the central location and the "hip" vibe. Chinese community organizations are involved in development projects to renovate or build housing for lower- and middle-class residents who want to stay in the area.