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2/09/2009

Some Refreshing Changes to Our Little Tokyo Strolls

[Thanks to Ron for the tip]

Last week the City of Los Angeles began construction of pedestrian improvements throughout Little Tokyo. The improvements include sidewalk repairs, tree guard and tree well work, tree planting and crosswalk stamping.

The crosswalks are going to be stamped with a decoration that incorporates a stylized fan graphic. This is a rendering of the one that'll be at the intersection of San Pedro and 2nd Streets:


The plans also call for outdoor benches in the design of full and half moons with origami or fan design elements.

These improvements, including pedestrian lights that were installed last fall, are part of the Little Tokyo Pedestrian Linkages project to improve pedestrian safety in the neighborhood and access to the Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold Line Station.

Most of these changes are going to be on San Pedro Street between 1st and 3rd; Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd; 2nd between Central Ave and Los Angeles Street; and 3rd Street between Central Ave and San Pedro Street.

The project partners include the MTA, LADOT, Bureau of Street Services, CRALA, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects and LTSC. If folks have questions, they can contact Austin Kano at the LA Department of Transportation at 213-972-4979.