A Rickshaw in Chinatown
A Rickshaw in Chinatown – Chung King Way, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Real Chinatown (When Chinatown was Chinese)
I arrived in Los Angeles in 1977 and was immediately taken with Chinatown, just north of Downtown. I was even checking out apartments there, none of which had heat, air conditioning, laundry room, or parking. They did however have tons of charm. Most of the old Chinese style buildings and shops were still intact, and get this, there were Chinese people living there! Today, most of the old buildings are gone and many Chinese have fled to the suburbs of Monterey Park, Cerritos, Alhambra, and Rowland Heights. Pho noodle shops give away the fact that there are now many Vietnamese and Cambodians living in the area. In spite of all the changes, I still love the place and you can still get a good Chinese meal if you know where to go…and some pho too!
The photo of the rickshaw above was taken in 1982. I don’t know how long it was parked there, but it was there when I first came to town in 1977. A year later, it was secured to the building with a heavy link chain, and about a year after that it disappeared, never to be seen again. The rickshaw was located on Chung King Way which back then were apartments, and Chinese shops, with a few sweat shops on the north end. Today, it is a gallery row.