At over 130 years old, Little Tokyo is the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles, and is one of three remaining historic Japantowns in the United States. Situated in the historic and cultural heart of Downtown Los Angeles, this unique neighborhood continues to reflect the dynamic changes occurring across Los Angeles and many urban centers around the country.
Recent growth, market forces and shifting demographics bring both exciting opportunities and new challenges for this historic neighborhood. Little Tokyo is continuing to evolve, innovate, and foster community by actively taking a hand in shaping its own future.
Why we need to sustain Little Tokyo
HISTORY → Little Tokyo is over 130 years old, the second oldest neighborhood in Los Angeles, and one of three remaining historic Japantowns in the United States.
CULTURE → Little Tokyo is one of two designated California Cultural Districts in the city of Los Angeles and has more than 50 traditional and contemporary cultural and spiritual groups, organizations, and institutions that range from informal gardening groups to 100 year old Buddhist temples.
FIGHTING TO GROW → First Street North, the Mangrove Site, and the Regional Connector station site are city-owned land that are a vital part of Little Tokyo. Little Tokyo is urging the city support the SLT 2013 vision and to have the community determine the development of these parcels.
LEGACY BUSINESSES UNDER THREAT → Long-time, family-run, and multigenerational small businesses integral to Little Tokyo’s culture and identity are now struggling with rising rents and inconsistent patronage.
LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING → The median household income in Little Tokyo is only $15,441, but there is very little affordable housing.