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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.35mi , Attraction : City Hall
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201 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Los Angeles City Hall
Welcome to Historic America and UCPlaces’ audio walking tour of Little Tokyo. We’re glad you could join us! I’m Rachel, professional History Nerd, and your guide for today.

Before you is City Hall, the center of local government. Inside you'll find the mayor’s office as well as the meeting chambers and offices for the city council. Completed in 1928, it was designed by a team of architects - John Parkinson, Albert C. Martin and John C. Austin. The columns and grand steps invoke classic design, while the iconic tower crowned with the stepped pyramid is very art-deco. The towering three- tiered structure embodies the energy, ambition and innovation of the roaring 20’s. The historic arch has since been seismically stabilized to ensure its preservation for future generations. And despite the wear and tear of a century, City Hall stands strong in all her original splendor.
Just across the street is the headquarters for the Los Angeles police department and the department of transportation.
But, we will quickly be transported from the humdrum of American bureaucracy to the rich history and culture of Little Tokyo.

Today’s walking tour takes us to one of LA’s most historic and multicultural neighborhoods. The technical boundaries of Little Tokyo are currently about five city blocks, defined on the west by Los Angeles Street, the east by Alameda Street, the south by 3rd Street, and on the north by 1st Street It also includes the block north of 1st and west of Alameda. With roots reaching back to the 1880s, Little Tokyo remains a cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1995, the shops, restaurants, museums and memorials of Little Tokyo are just a short walk away, so let’s get going. Use the built-in navigation to make your way to our next stop!

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Place #2
Distance: 0.14mi , Attraction : Directions
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Los Angeles St & 1st St (Southbound), Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Heading to Little Tokyo
Awesome! You’re headed the right way! Once you cross Los Angeles Street, we’re officially in Little Tokyo! See you there!

Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Los Angeles City Hall
Map Pin Place 2 Heading to Little Tokyo
Map Pin Place 3 A History Lesson
Map Pin Place 4 Japanese American Cultural & Community Center & the Aratani Theatre
Map Pin Place 5 Directions
Map Pin Place 6 Japanese Village Plaza
Map Pin Place 7 Koyasan Buddhist Temple
Map Pin Place 8 San Pedro Firm Building
Map Pin Place 9 Go For Broke Memorial
Map Pin Place 10 Japanese American National Museum

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