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Little Tokyo Looks To Secede From Downtown

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Following the big dust-up over downtown's industrial land use policy comes this news: Citing "legitimate concern that Little Tokyo will be overtaken by the development activity in the rest of Downtown," (such as the redevelopment of downtown's industrial property that she has supported?) Councilwoman Jan Perry (CD9) introduced a motion this week to establish a separate planning area (a.k.a. a Specific Plan) to preserve Little Tokyo. The area's recent developments include Hikari, and the San Pedro apartments, the forthcoming Related project. [Map via ELittleTokyo.com]

Council File 08-0224

The Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles is a unique community with its distinct
skyline and other land use characteristics. Because of its proximity to the rest of Downtown Los Angeles, there is legitimate concern that Little Tokyo will be overtaken by the development activity in the rest of Downtown - eventually losing its distinct characteristics and becoming lost as part of Downtown proper. In order to preserve the unique nature of Little Tokyo while at the same time allowing it to develop in its unique way so as to preserve this distinct and valuable area of the City, it is appropriate that we explore options available to us for preserving Little Tokyo, including creating for Little Tokyo its own planning area to be considered separate and apart from the rest of Downtown.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Planning Department be directed to report with
recommendations and options for preserving the separate and distinct identity of Little Tokyo, including creating for Little Tokyo its own planning area to be considered separate and apart from the rest of Downtown."