Downtown Los Angeles is expected to grow by 125,000 people by 2040, and in the meantime city leaders are placing a focus on building new and accommodating green spaces to match the expansion.

In 2016, voters approved Proposition HHH, a bond measure that raised $1.2 billion to help finance the construction of 10,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years, mostly supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. Those units however, have been slow to materialize, and some…

Los Angeles is changing, and has been changing for the past two decades. Massive glass and steel high-rises are continuously altering Downtown’s skyline, while on the ground level, old single- and two-story buildings are being converted into fresh and new retail hubs for a new crop of Downto…

Last week the city of Los Angeles unveiled a new public space paying tribute to the immigrants who helped build Southern California. The 7,000-square-foot space at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Spring Street near El Pueblo de Los Angeles Migrant’s Bend Plaza was officially dedicated on Sept. 29, r…

It’s been just over one year since the first of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” shelters opened in Downtown. And after one year, what lessons can be learned from it?  

Last week at the end of a two-day fundraising trip in California, President Donald Trump rejected a request from Governor Gavin Newsom and 13 California mayors, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, for more federal funds to combat the state’s homelessness crisis. 

DTLA – In a way, the $41 million renovation of the Music Center Plaza that was unveiled last month is understated. Much of the work involved simply flattening out a large expanse between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Mark Taper Forum, moving a large sculpture and planting some trees.…

DTLA—The situation on the streets of Skid Row is getting worse, precisely when it should be improving. That reality prompts a difficult question: Do people, including elected officials, have the appropriate sense of urgency regarding the humanitarian crisis and the public health emergency th…

DTLA—The status of scooters and other dockless devices is an often contentious issue in Los Angeles. It’s also an important one. Discussion and debate occur citywide, with some of the most heated conversations playing out in Downtown. That’s because the vehicles have arrived here en masse. Y…

DTLA-Last month, a team of city representatives and designers unveiled the latest details and renderings for the First and Broadway Park. The updates show a project with some green space, hardscape pathways and a three-level restaurant complex with outdoor seating. Plans call for the $28 mil…

DTLA—The fate of Downtown Los Angeles does not depend on any single business or tenant. With more than 400,000 daily workers, approximately 75,000 residents and a collection of buzzworthy restaurants, bars and shops, the community is surging.

DTLA—Los Angeles is facing a humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of individuals living on the streets and facing disease, unimaginable squalor and violence. Day after day we make excuses for our inability to effectively address one of the most critical and expensive crises our city h…

DTLA—After six years, Downtown Los Angeles’ most important modern experiment in education has ended. Heartache and disappointment run rampant. Many people, including numerous volunteers, made a heroic effort, but early momentum could not be sustained. 

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