August 12, 2011 |
Perch is a new rooftop bar and restaurant that's making downtown L.A. rethink the way it does night life. Unlike downtown's most famous rooftop bar — the ostentatious poolside lounge crowning the Standard Hotel — Perch doesn't have a pool or red Astroturf or gaggles of scantily clad partiers. It doesn't have a million-dollar lighting system or a make-believe speak-easy either. What Perch does have is a fine cocktail program, an impressive selection of French wines and spirits, a French-inspired dinner menu, panoramic views, live music and a palpable lack of pretension.
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.
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 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/.
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.
July 31, 2013 |
Premium grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc. will open its first downtown Los Angeles store in 2015, a major development in the neighborhood's gentrification efforts. The new store, which had long been rumored, will occupy 42,000 square feet inside a luxury apartment complex at 770 Grand Ave. Whole Foods will join Ralphs as the only major grocers downtown -- a neighborhood with an increasingly hip and well-heeled residential population. Top 10 riskiest industries for investors "We've been looking for the right space for close to 10 years as we know that access to natural and organic foods in the neigborhood has been challenging," said Patrick Bradley, president of Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region, in a statement released by L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar's office Wednesday.