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22 blocks slated for hip surgery

City officials hope to bring gentrification to the Washington Boulevard area south of Staples Center. But some residents remain skeptical.

January 11, 2007|Cara Mia DiMassa | Times Staff Writer

Downtown L.A.'s development boom has been spreading into adjacent districts -- and the Washington Boulevard corridor is just one example. Here are how some other districts are faring:

Industrial District

This area on the east of downtown has seen several old factory and warehouse buildings converted into lofts. Among them are the Toy Factory Lofts. Workers are now converting the historic National Biscuit Co.'s West Coast headquarters into lofts, a project highly anticipated in downtown circles.

City Center West

This area, on the west side of the 110 Freeway, has generated buzz in part because the Los Angeles Center Studios has brought entertainment industry jobs there. Recent projects include converting the 1100 Wilshire office skyscraper into condos. An old Holiday Inn hotel has been converted into the trendy The Flats development.

Little Tokyo

The district east of the L.A. Civic Center has seen some luxury housing projects rise in recent years. Several more have been proposed.

Chinatown

Chinatown has seen some trendy fashion stores and other boutiques open. There have also been discussions about constructing lofts in the area north of downtown.

Source: Times reporting

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