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J-town Cool from Sean & FB Friends

Traci and Maiya Asset Mapping J-town
Crossposted from Sean Miura's FB post on June 14th:

Just finished my third night of meetings in Little Tokyo, one for Tuesday Night Cafe w/South Asians for Social Justice + a Google Hangout crash course, one to plan for the brand spanking new skill learning + history/community sharing space Little Tokyo University, and finally tonight I got to see this amazing photovisual community mapping project that culminated in a photo gallery installation at Nirvana Bar. It was awesome catching up with and talking story with folks like Traci, Jenni, Tony, Kristin, and Collin who are all going big and making huge changes to the JTown landscape.

It's so crazy to think that when I first got to LA in 2006 I would go to meetings where the first agenda item was "in 5 years will there be a Little Tokyo?" The streets would be empty, the shops would be tired, and the area was being bought out by corporations at frightening speed.

Now there is barely any parking because the restaurants are packed, the streets are always lit, and on any given night something is happening. This isn't a testament to Japanese people or Little Tokyo itself, but really what PEOPLE (any people, ordinary people) can do when we come together and PROACTIVELY create spaces to engage and work towards communal goals and wants.And that's a pretty awesome thing.


    The Train in J-town

    I was surprised to see a train coming down the First Street Bridge heading west on First Street in front of Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple about 8:35 am today. It was surreal, knowing that it's been decades since trains have run in Little Tokyo. I remember the old train tracks back in the early 70s when I was a child. This is the 2nd one I've seen, so it must be getting close to being ready, huh?


    Union Church/Bel-Air partnership

    Little Tokyo church gets its prayers answered: Regarding a new partnership between the Union Church on San Pedro and Third Street and the Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. The idea is to boost membership and to reach out to the new downtown residents in Little Tokyo. I can see how some people might think it's a good thing, and since I'm not a member of either church it's not for me to say, but I am hoping that they remember to figuratively "take off their shoes." It's in the LA Times today: Click here for the link.