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Old Posted Apr 28, 2010, 6:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
Sopas_ej, your before/after shots of Little Tokyo are fantastic!

It looks like the area has retained a lot of it's charm.
I actually like the sidewalks better now. Are the sidewalks inlaid with
different kinds of stone/cement...or are they painted?

I believe it's the first time I've preferred something in an 'after' photo.

Oh....and nice calves.
Hehe thanks.

I really like Little Tokyo; great food, and great vibe. It's changed a lot over the years. More Korean businesses there now, as well as other types of restaurants. More housing has also gone in. But you still see some of the old-timers going there, and there are still active Buddhist temples in the area. It's become a lot more vibrant than it was in the 1990s (which was its low period within the past 40 years, I think). Back in the 1980s I remember a lot more Japanese tourists there, plus homeless people. The homeless are fewer and further between now; back in the 80s I felt like I was running the gauntlet, dodging a lot of them, particularly at night.

That sidewalk is composed of different colored concrete, and is inlaid with brass symbols and some quotes, hehe I've never read them in their entirety, I think they talk about Little Tokyo's history and about specific things that are there.
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