3 signs you’re in America’s most diverse neighborhood

According to 2010 census data and a local sociology professor, Mountain View is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the country. Follow along this week for a daily look at some of the signs.

1) Food

Where else can you find two Dominican eateries — directly across the street from each other — a Sudanese food truck, Asian grocers, a halal market, a Polynesian restaurant, German cuisine and a neighborhood store that stocks everything from canned soursop drink to a brand-new Caribbean section?

2) Places of worship

Walk down Commercial Drive, and you’ll see Wat Lao’s distinctive roofline set back behind a vacant building.

On Price Street, Bethel Chapel sits just a block away from New Hope Baptist Church. Walk two streets further down, and you’ll find two Samoan churches and a Korean church lining the west side of North Bragaw Street. Keep moving through the neighborhood and you’ll pass a half dozen other places of worship: Two on North Hoyt Street, one on Klevin Street and several more along Mountain View Drive. The congregations range from African Methodist Episcopal to Buddhist to nondenominational.

In the most diverse neighborhood in the country, there’s a church every sixth of a mile.

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Wat Lao, Mountain View’s Buddhist Temple.

3) Mountain View Public Library

The Mountain View Library has the largest circulation of foreign-language films in Anchorage, according to branch manager Virginia McClure.

The Mountain View Library has the largest circulation of foreign-language films in Anchorage, says branch manager Virginia McClure.

You can find everything from French and Farsi to Hmong and Hindi.

You can find everything from French, Farsi, Spanish and Swedish to Tagalog, Thai, Hmong, Hindi and more.

Here's a Korean TV series that originally aired in 2005.

Here’s a Korean TV series that originally aired in 2005.

Have an idea? The library is collecting suggestions for new movies. So far, the branch manager says Korean and Chinese titles have been the most popular.

Have an idea? The library is collecting suggestions for new movies. So far, the branch manager says Korean and Chinese titles have been the most popular.

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