04/10/2012 04:11 pm ET Updated Jun 10, 2012

The Fight To Save Los Angeles's Little Tokyo - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities

Little Tokyo, an important historic neighborhood of roughly five large city blocks, sits in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a short walk from the city's Civic Center. LA's iconic City Hall is easily visible from all over the district. The neighborhood is the symbolic focal point of Japanese American culture in southern California, housing some 30,000 Japanese Americans at its peak; unfortunately, the number is far smaller today.