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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