October 31, 2013
Re "Downtown's costly streetcar," Editorial, Oct. 29 When will planners ever learn? Trolleys belong on Main Street in Disneyland, not in downtown L.A. Surface rail transit is extremely expensive, inflexible, kills people and gets in the way of other traffic. That is why most trolley lines disappeared by the mid 20th century. One of the few things that the MTA has gotten right is its natural-gas-burning clean-air buses. They require the least taxpayer subsidies, and lines can be added or moved at low cost.
November 22, 2012
EVENTS Now in its 15th year, Pershing Square's "Downtown on Ice" continues to offer its geographically improbable wonders for holiday revelers and frustrated hockey enthusiasts of all types. The rink is even open on Thanksgiving for those looking for a way to burn off the turkey and stuffing for themselves or visiting family members. 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Daily through Jan. 21. $6 per hour, $2 skate rental. http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/.
April 27, 2014
Re “Dedicated until the end,” April 23 The Times reported on a moving ceremony to appropriately honor fallen LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo. It did not report on the decision to shut down roads and gridlock rush-hour traffic downtown and elsewhere to hold a freeway motorcade. Is this the legacy that the officer would have wanted? Was it the best way to honor his life and work? As I sat trapped in traffic, I heard a siren. Could the ambulance reach its target in time?
November 17, 2011
EVENTS Downtown on Ice, Los Angeles' answer to the ice rink at New York's Rockefeller Center, offers frosty holiday fun even on balmy evenings. Framed by skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the outdoor rink is a festive environment for skating, special exhibitions, concerts, games and more. Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Skating session $6, skate rental $2. (213) 847-4970. http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare
July 17, 2012 |
After 10 years of running their brand online, Poketo designers Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan recently opened their first brick-and-mortar store in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The interior of the 4,000-square-foot store is clean, minimal and modern so that products, such as Eric Trine's knockout chairs, above, can shine. “Poketo to us is about art and fun,” Vadakan said by phone from Comic-Con. “It's a very modern aesthetic.” On a recent afternoon, as the lunch crowd from Wurstküche spilled into Poketo's sunny space, shoppers browsed Poketo T-shirts, backpacks, fleece laptop covers, journals, sketch pads and limited-edition wallets by Tim Biskup , Japanese illustrator PCP and Matt Furie , among others.
April 28, 2011
Mediterranean, Brazilian, Mexican and more await you in downtown Los Angeles. And what's more, the area is wonderfully walkable. So put on some comfy shoes and spend an afternoon combing the colorful landscape. Tacos Tumbras a Tomas: Inside Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Stall A-5, (213) 620-1071, http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/vendors Sultan Chicken Restaurant: 311 W. 6th St., (213) 236-0604, http://www.sultanchicken.com Masis Armenian Sandwiches: 411 W. 7th St., 2nd Floor, (213)