Sustainable Little Tokyo, the community organization charged with developing a vibrant future for Southern California's oldest Japanese American enclave, will soon reimagine Azusa Street, a utilitarian alleyway near the heart of the neighborhood.

Starting on July 9 - in coordination with the Los Angeles Ukelele Expo at the Japanese American Community & Cultural Center - SLT will implement a series of temporary, physical improvements including pop up art galleries, landscaping and activities.  The Azusa Street Pathway Project is intended to reimagine how the alley can better support local businesses, the environment and Little Tokyo's cultural identity.

The alleyway is currently used by adjacent businesses for vehicle storage, deliveries and waste disposal.

According to the Rafu Shimpo, the project is also being presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center and Global Green, and is funded in part by ArtPlace America, Citi Foundation and the Gas Company.

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