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On opening day, crowds visit Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, a new arts center at the heart of the San Pedro's LA Waterfront redevelopment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Officials hope to renovate Ports O' Call Village, but some locals fear it will lose its eclectic charm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Ports O' Call Village is crowded on weekends.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Officials hope to add upscale restaurants to Ports O' Call Village.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Seafood is one of the attractions at Ports O' Call.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Redevelopment of LA Waterfront called for removing cranes and shipping containers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Peter Solomon and Mary Edwards install furniture in preparation for the opening of Crafted, a large indoor arts market.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Artist Justin Deines paints his stall in preparation for the opening of Crafted. Officials hope eventually to have 500 market stalls.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

People line up at food trucks on opening day of Crafted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Vicki Murchet, left, Susan Gilbert and Susan Moy eat handmade doughnuts by Donut Snob at Crafted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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For years, officials in San Pedro have tried to spruce up the Port of Los Angeles by adding parks, trails and fountains along the water’s edge. But it was rarely enough to entice Angelenos to make the trek down to the southern tip of the county.

This summer, the community is hoping that its fortunes are about to change.

The arrival of the Iowa, a former World War II battleship turned floating museum, is expected to draw 400,000 visitors a year when it opens Saturday, July 7. Another lure: the opening of a massive marketplace of handmade goods and specialty foods.

It’s all part of a $1.2-billion master plan to turn the port into a coastal destination.

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