• Corona was founded at the height of the Southern California citrus boom in 1896, advantageously situated at the upper end of the Santa Ana River Canyon, the only significant pass through the Santa Ana Mountains. It derived its name (and its nickname, The Circle City) from the curious layout of its streets, with a standard grid enclosed by the circular Grand Boulevard. Also, the renowned circular Grand Boulevard is where three international road racing events took place in 1913, 1914 and 1916. Prior to the 1980s, Corona was a largely agricultural community, dominated by citrus orchards, ranches, and dairy farms. Sky-high real estate prices in Los Angeles County, CaliforniaLos Angeles and Orange County, CaliforniaOrange counties made the area's cheap land desirable to developers and industrialists, and by the late 1990s it was considered a major suburb of Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles. In recent years, Corona has changed from a working-class bedroom community for Orange County and the larger cities of the Inland Empire (California)Inland Empire to a full-fledged edge city in its own right, with industrial parks opening near Norco and luxury housing developments rising in the foothills of the Santa Anas. The development of commerce and industry in the city has been accelerated by congestion on the Riverside Freeway, with many firms leaving northern Orange County to be closer to their employees' homes in Corona and Riverside. The construction of the Chino Valley Freeway nearby has also linked Corona to the Pomona ValleyPomona and San Gabriel ValleySan Gabriel valleys, with the result that the once largely white and Latino city has experienced an influx of Asian American residents who commute to Asian-oriented businesses in cities such as Alhambra, CaliforniaAlhambra and Diamond Bar, CaliforniaDiamond Bar. As with the rest of the Inland Empire, Corona has also experienced an influx of African Americans fleeing the continued decline of traditionally black areas of South Los Angeles. Corona was also home to the Corona road race, a Grand Prix motor racingGrand Prix race in the early 20th Century. Source:

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