Came across this lovely rice shop in Tokyo designed by Schemata Architects over at Dezeen. It opens up the street so nicely and has a very warm and welcome feel to it. We would love to see this trend expand into Los Angeles!
"The street is increasingly filled with closed shutters," said the architects. "If no measure is taken against the declining condition, it would eventually become a so-called 'shutter street' and the shopping street would disappear. The shop looks very modest and does not stand out by itself, but we expect to raise people's expectation by continuously renovating more shops this way to enhance the entire street."