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Neighborhood Project: Koreatown

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There are three very distinct communities housed in the jumble of high-rise office towers, apartment buildings and houses that make up Koreatown. There is the Koreatown of middle-class and wealthy Korean families, who live, eat, shop, party and golf in a faithful facsimile of their native country. There's the Koreatown of toil and danger, experienced by the Latinos and blacks occupying much of the neighborhood, working in the thousands of local businesses and (occasionally) having to cope with gang violence. Then there's the K-town of the hipster masses who descend on the area at night for booze and music, both of the live performance variety (The Wiltern) and the homemade variety (karaoke!). Three very different communities with a variety of goals and dreams, so of course sometimes people bump heads. But the one unifying force among K-town's disparate communities is a shared love...of alchohol and all-night barbecue.

(Tons more on K-town after the jump!)