Sustainable Little Tokyo envisions a healthy, prosperous Little Tokyo that maintains its historic and cultural roots for future generations. Our mission is to develop a dynamic community-driven future for Little Tokyo through green initiatives, small business development, and cultural and arts programming that perpetuates its historic character for generations to come.
All of Sustainable Little Tokyo's projects are community-driven—meaning the community decides what projects will strengthen and sustain Little Tokyo and organizes to make them happen!
Sustainable Little Tokyo 2020 (SLT2020) is a community-driven initiative to provide a range of immediate improvements and short-terms actions that strengthen and support the cultural, economic, environmental development of the historic neighborhood by 2020.
Starting in 2012, the Little Tokyo community undertook a visioning project recognizing that this over 130-year old neighborhood faces a crossroads to a new future. We now have a vision for sustainable development.
An annual festival in Little Tokyo that brings together the Japanese, Mexican, and African-American communities into one circle to share participatory music and dance, and enjoy food and art by local vendors and organizations.
Takachizu, from the Japanese words Takara (treasure) + Chizu (map), is a community archive that identifies and reflects on that which is most valuable, celebrated, and in need of protection in Little Tokyo.
Through community-driven efforts and a series of Pop-up art events, the historically-significant Azusa Street is on its way to receiving permanent improvements that reflects the site's history and our need for more open space.