In an effort to draw visitors to Chinatown after dark, the city of Los Angeles has teamed up with community groups and a local radio station to unveil a monthlong series of nighttime festivities starting Aug. 7.
The festivities are part of a $3-million effort by the city's Community Redevelopment Agency and Chinatown business owners to revitalize the neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles.
For the last 20 years or more, critics say Chinatown has become almost deserted after dark because of increased crime and the exodus of Chinese American families from the neighborhood, among other factors.
The first night of the series will feature dance and cooking demonstrations, calligraphy lessons, food sales and music by a KCRW-FM DJ.
The festivities will continue every Saturday in August from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
-- Hugo Martin
Photo: Chinatown at night. Credit: Los Angeles Times