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  • CRA/LA’S commitment to public art began over 40 years ago.
  • Over 200 art projects in 21 redevelopment project areas have been completed to date.
  • California Plaza developers met their art requirement by building a $23 million facility for the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Little Tokyo: Big Community

This tour highlights Little Tokyo’s past and present as depicted through its public art. The neighborhood has been a regional hub for the southern California Japanese-American community since it first became a cultural center before the turn of the 20th century. Little Tokyo was designated a Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) project area in 1970 to preserve the area’s rich cultural history and assist in the rehabilitation of blighted streets and substandard buildings. Today, Little Tokyo has grown to serve as an important cultural, religious, social and commercial center of the Japanese American community in southern California. Being a CRA/LA project area has been a catalyst for numerous public art pieces. Balance, harmony and overwhelmingly, community are central characteristics to many of the public art works visible throughout Little Tokyo.

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Tours Intro

1:40 min


Little Tokyo Intro

3:56 min


Stop 1
Corner of S. San Pedro & E. 1st Streets

4:42 min


Stop 2
369 E. 1st St. at Central Ave.

3:11 min


Stop 3
Corner of Central Ave. & E. 1st St.

3:01 min


Stop 4
350 E. 1st St.

2:30 min


Stop 5
Miyako Inn & Spa
328 E. 1st St.

1:53 min


Stop 6
Japanese Village Square
Between E. 1st & E. 2nd Streets

3:26 min


Stop 7
Brunswig Square
360 E. 2nd St.

2:38 min


Stop 8
Honda Plaza
400 E. 2nd St.

2:32 min


Stop 9
Tokyo Villa
222 S. Central Ave.

2:54 min


Stop 10
Casa Heiwa
231 E. 3rd St.

5:25 min


Stop 11
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.

5:22 min


Stop 12
Manufacturer's Bank
200 S. San Pedro St.

2:28 min


Stop 13
319 E. 2nd St.

2:08 min


Stop 14
Union Bank of California
120 S. San Pedro St.

1:50 min


Stop 15
Weller Court
Corner of S. San Pedro & E. 2nd Streets

1:31 min


Little Tokyo Conclusion

1:40 min