Karen Tapia-Andersen / LAT
Eight years after the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard from Western to Normandie avenues officially was designated Thai Town, the neighborhood offers a colorful streetscape that matches the lively flavors of the area's crowded Thai restaurants, markets and Armenian bakeries. Thai community leaders are capitalizing on the neighborhood's unique ethnic mix to attract more visitors, bolster the local economy and revitalize the area. In addition to creating business opportunities for fledgling immigrant Thai, Armenian and Latino entrepreneurs, the market is designed to promote social interaction among the ethnic communities. Here, under a striking pair of trompe l'oeil portraits, Thomas "Robert" Artunian, 16, plays an Armenian card game with a friend.
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