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.

DTLA—In the last decade or so, Los Angeles has increasingly emerged as a leading national, and even an international, center of art. There are multiple reasons for this, starting with the presence of a community of boundary-pushing artists who have grown up in or been drawn to the city. Othe…

DTLA—The release last week of the latest Homeless Count gives Los Angeles an undeniable look-in-the-mirror moment. As people across the region collectively process the anger and frustration, we have no choice but to take stock of the reflection staring back and ask what have we done, what ha…

DTLA—The annual Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tally of people living without shelter is scheduled to be released this week. Members of the public should brace themselves: A year after the county recorded 53,195 homeless individuals, and despite the hundreds of millions of dollars t…

DTLA—In his State of the City speech on April 17, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke out on the need for Los Angeles to aggressively address climate change. Twelve days later he presented his local version of the Green New Deal, rolling out a playbook to reduce emissions, clean the air, and take othe…

DTLA—As a former newspaper publisher, I’m acutely aware of the challenge to objectively research and consider both sides of an argument before editorializing. I write today because Downtown News fell short of its duty to hear all sides before opining on Measure EE (“Vote Yes on Measure EE,” …

DTLA—Although the January teachers’ strike ignited passions and inspired unprecedented support for local educators, it had little impact on the finances of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Both pre- and post-strike, the district faced a dismal budget situation. 

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