A look back at the City of Bellflower as it prepares for its 60th Anniversary.
Sixty years ago, in the summer of 1957, a measure to incorporate Bellflower was brought to a vote and approved by a large majority of the townspeople. At the time, Bellflower was a 51-year old community that had grown from a sparse and isolated settlement of farms to a bustling town of people. During the 1940s, the population in Bellflower grew rapidly from 11,000 to 44,000 people. This surge in population created an increasing demand for schools, housing, parks and other civic establishments in order to accommodate the growing population.
The incorporation of Bellflower opened up a vast array of civic development opportunities for the community. They contracted with the county for police, jail, prosecution, library, and fire protection services. At this time, Bellflower was also the main shopping center for an estimated surrounding population of 100,000 people. This may have helped Bellflower through a time when many small retail outlets were failing.
Today Bellflower has become a city of 77,500 residents with an innovative approach to enhancing services and generating revenues to support the growing community. It is through fiscal conservatism and the establishment of a redevelopment strategy that the City continues to grow by attracting new businesses to town, improving business facades and upgrading infrastructure such as roads, medians, sidewalks, and public facilities.
The City has a long tradition of implementing programs that uphold the mission of the City, which is “to protect and enrich the quality of life, to make Bellflower an excellent place to live, work, and play.” The City places a high value on programs that attract new businesses, provide recreation activities and community services, preserve the environment, and protect the safety of Bellflower residents. Since 2011, we have seen these programs bring more than $60 million dollars of direct investment into our community.
With a high priority on economic development the City continues to meet the growing economic needs of the community by attracting new businesses and facilitating the expansion of existing businesses through its programs. The City of Bellflower is taking the lead in serving its local merchants by creating an economically vibrant atmosphere in which our local businesses are able to thrive and grow.