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First Street North

Directed by Maya Santos

Little Tokyo – one of only three remaining Japantowns in the country and an over 130 year old Los Angeles neighborhood – has a long history of displacement and encroachment, but also of community visioning, planning, and organizing. One of the cornerstones of this visioning effort is the future development of First Street North, a City-owned parking lot that sits at the northern end of this historic neighborhood. As the City of Los Angeles moves forward with redevelopment, Little Tokyo is working to ensure that its vision for community-driven development is respected and implemented for this site and the district as a whole.


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Three people stand wearing veteran hats

Culture of Resistance Versus Culture Vultures

The risks and rewards of using the arts and culture in the fight for community preservation.

Dates & Times


Bayanihan Community Center

Fri, Feb 7
6:00 pm