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Little Tokyo Community

Little Tokyo Residents

The major long-term vision for LTSC CDC is to work with other stakeholders to revitalize Little Tokyo into a vibrant community by addressing cultural and community survival, empowering residents, and promoting the economic health of the area. The Community Organizing department works with the seniors in the affordable housing in the area to insure their voices are heard in the community planning and advocacy process.  We also work to create a holistic balance of work, play, and housing by participating in all community planning efforts, particularly those that involve public agencies and community representative bodies, to both inform and advocate on neighborhood issues.

Little Tokyo Residents Association

A Little Tokyo ResidentThe Little Tokyo Senior Residents Association (LTSRA) seeks to represent the 1,200 residents living in five affrodable housing complexes and three residential hotels in Little Tokyo. The mission of LTSRA is to identify and represent the needs and rights of low-income senior residents in Little Tokyo, and to increase their involvement in issues of concern to them, and in civic life generally.

Community Organizing also includes working to build and strengthen the community coalition necessary to enable Little Tokyo as a whole to weigh in on issues of development--whether it be private developments or public transit.  Working through the Little Tokyo Community Council and other coalition bodies, LTSC continues to play a role in the cultural and historic preservation of Little Tokyo. LTSC has tangibly contributed by renovating three out of the 15 buildings in the Little Tokyo Historic District on First Street: the San Pedro Firm Building, the Union Center for the Arts, and most recently, the Far East Building.

Cultural and Historical Preservation

LTSC also focuses on cultural/historic preservation statewide through the California Japantown Preservation Pilot Project. This initiative was created by the State of California to promote the preservation of California's three remaining Japantowns in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. The effort to preserve the three Japantowns is a community-based response to development plans that threaten the unique cultural character of each Japantown. Using funds from California Senate Bill 307, the three ethnic communities are seeking ways to define cultural preservation and integrity while moving forward with future developments. LTSC works actively with the Little Tokyo Community Council and the City of Los Angeles to create design guidelines and other community planning policies that address these issues.

Sustainable Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with the over 100 other organizations of the Little Tokyo Community Council are working to create a future for the Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles that:

  • Respects and promotes our Japanese American history and culture.
  • Retains a strong community fabric.
  • Sustains a robust economy with strong independent businesses.
  • Embraces green technologies.

Sustainable Little TokyoSustainable Little Tokyo seeks to build a cultural ecodistrict in our 130-year-old historic Little Tokyo community that will sustain Little Tokyo for future generations. We are doing this through innovative green infrastructure, growing small businesses, and maintaining our unique cultural Japanese/Japanese American identity through arts and culture.

Through this work, we hope to create a model of what a truly sustainable community looks like as Los Angeles' first cultural ecodistrict!

Keep track of the latest community efforts to shape the future of development on First Street North here - and be sure to check out the new video!

Read the article from LA in Motion, "Envisioning Little Tokyo's Future as a Cultural Ecodistrict" by Thomas Yee at KCET.org.

Watch the video "Building Community & Preserving Culture in Little Tokyo" from Partners in Progress.