#MyFSN aims to highlight and celebrate First Street North (FSN) as a block critical to the past, present and future of the Little Tokyo neighborhood, and to eventually realize the Sustainable Little Tokyo vision for the block. Led by Little Tokyo Community Council, FSN stakeholders, and Little Tokyo Service Center’s +LAB, we invite you to share your personal stories, memories, messages, or facts via social media using #MyFSN #LittleTokyo #DTLA.
First Street North is the only historically designated block in Little Tokyo. Designated in 1995, the Little Tokyo Historic First Street District was placed on the list of National Historic Landmark Districts as a result of community advocacy and activism. Currently, the rest of the block serves as city and public parking. For the last 30 years, various city and community planning processes have been explored for the undeveloped portions of First Street North. Most recently, in 2013, a community-driven vision was developed as part of the formation of Sustainable Little Tokyo.
Today the potential of this historic block being developed is much more imminent. In 2015, the Los Angeles City Council initiated a process to develop a Civic Center Master Plan by August 2016 to assess and coordinate future Civic Center redevelopment opportunities on five City-owned sites in Downtown Los Angeles, including two Little Tokyo sites – Mangrove and FSN. The planning process officially kicked off in Summer of 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by beginning of 2017. Given Little Tokyo’s long history of Civic Center expansion into our neighborhood – and even longer history of displacement reaching back to World War II and the internment of Japanese Americans – the community’s strong position is that no further Civic Center or City office uses should be explored or developed on Little Tokyo sites. Furthermore, the community is pointing to and uplifting its Sustainable Little Tokyo vision for development on FSN (recently updated in 2016) and Mangrove as the parameters for any future development of these sites.