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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. 

DTLA—Shock waves rippled through Los Angeles in the wake of the recent Homeless Count that reported a 16% rise in homelessness in the city and a 12% increase countywide in 2018. Political leaders have struggled to respond, alternately accepting some blame, saying figures are worse elsewhere …

DTLA—An irony in the continuing robust evolution of Downtown Los Angeles is that the Arts District, one of the few communities with a residential base back at the turn of millennium, has seen among the most dramatic shifts in terms of local housing construction. That trend continues with the…

DTLA—I read your recent editorial “Downtown’s Desperate Need for Elementary Schools” (June 24) with great interest. It makes a strong plea for “walkable, high-quality schools” for the “legions of people moving [to Downtown L.A.],” yet it made it seem that there are no education opportunities…

DTLA—Last month, this page touched on Downtown’s role as a free visual arts center in the region, thanks to a collection of major institutions — soon to include the Museum of Contemporary Art — that offer gratis admission. It’s a unique and attention-worthy achievement, but it’s not the only…

DTLA—The school year has ended and kids have moved on to summer vacation. A vacant LAUSD school board seat has been filled and on June 4 voters shot down the parcel tax Measure EE. For the time being, people are taking a break from thinking about education.

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