San Francisco — long home to a Japantown and (arguably multiple) Chinatown(s)— is now home to its very own Little Saigon, created in recognition of the Tenderloin's rich Vietnamese community. It's a rare neighborhood that debuts with balloons and a blessings— maybe a Craigslist ad, MLS listing, or new restaurant, but usually not a holy blessing. For many Vietnamese residents, Little Saigon represents a "community in defiance of the communist regime;" the resolution to recognize Little Saigon was actually passed five years ago, but its physical manifestation came only recently in the form of concrete pillars installed on Larkin and Eddy Streets. According to Supervisor Chris Daly, the pillars should "attract some attention and some foot traffic to Little Saigon." Who knew the draw of concrete could be so inspirational? Can a street fair be far behind?
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