Little Italy

Nearly two hundred years ago, this relatively small area settled by increasing numbers of immigrants from Italy. Over time though, the area diversified and became more affluent. This area saw a great deal of fighting during the second civil war, which is when many of the Italian descendants from the old families fled, even while others dug their feet in and fought to preserve their neighborhoods. The result was that the level of affluence once again fell and the neighborhoods diversified even more, but there remains a distinctly Italian culture that is present in this area.

Still located here are such landmarks as the Italian Ameri-can Sports Hall of Fame, the Our Lady of Pompeii church, and Arrigo Park, which is six acres of officially protected landmark within the city.

Ryder Lewis grew up in Little Italy and his father still lives there.

Little Italy

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