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February 11, 2010
Downtown's Art Walk has become an institution for roving hipster aesthetes, curious warehouse-dwellers and food-truck aficionados. The work? It's hit-and-miss, but you can't argue with the one weekend a month when the Old Bank District sees Cairo-level street traffic of bright young things spilling out of tiny galleries and progressive museums in their angled-haircut finery. Downtown L.A., noon-9 p.m. Thu. www.downtown artwalk.com .
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man allegedly armed with a gun was shot in a confrontation with officers in downtown Los Angeles, police said Monday evening. No officers were injured in the shooting in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. There were no immediate details on the condition of the man who was shot. Around 4:30 p.m.,  officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, Officer Sara Faden said.  "The officers encountered a suspect with a gun," she said.  Investigators were at the scene gathering evidence.
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HOME & GARDEN
October 16, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
H&M, one of the leading apparel retailers in the world, is set to open a massive store in the FIGat7th shopping center in downtown Los Angeles in 2014. At 32,000 square feet, the store will be among the chain's biggest in the country. The average size of the 290 H&M locations in the U.S. is between 20,000 and 25,000 square feet. The idea, according to the company, is to lure entire families into the outlet. In addition to the standard ladies, men's and teen collections found at most H&M stores, the downtown location will also feature accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, maternity and children's products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man was in critical but stable condition after he was shot in a confrontation with officers in a downtown Los Angeles parking garage, police said Monday night. No officers were injured in the shooting at the building in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said earlier Monday that initial reports from the scene stated that the man was armed with a gun. On Monday night, she said it was unclear whether the suspect had a weapon.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The FIGat7th center in downtown Los Angeles is racking up quite the list of retail tenants, with cosmetics chain MAC and beauty company L'Occitane set to join names such as H&M, Zara and City Target. Brookfield Office Properties, which owns FIGat7th, said MAC and L'Occitane will open in May. The real estate firm has said that Zara will begin welcoming guests in the spring, while H&M will do the same sometime this year. MAC will get nearly 1,500 square feet of space on the second level of FIGat7th.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Bob Pool
A driver shot on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles was hospitalized in critical condition as officials searched for the gunman The victim, whose identity hasn't been released, was thrown from a car after being shot twice, investigators said.  The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. Police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Toyota Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound freeway lanes might be closed for eight hours while investigators searched for clues, the two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and traffic was moving at normal speeds by 8 p.m. Investigators were attempting to determine whether the shooting might be gang-related and whether multiple perpetrators were involved, LAPD Sgt. John Kirkpatrick said.
FOOD
July 20, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Flanked by low-income housing, recently renovated lofts, offices and art galleries, the Historic Downtown Los Angeles farmers market, which opened two weeks ago, is a study in contrasts. Rehabilitated skid row denizens wash away stains in front of a new ballet school, while classically ornamented white buildings loom above tourists, hipsters and longtime residents of diverse ethnicities and incomes. As downtown's population swelled from 18,000 to 50,000 over the last decade, the residents have been "severely underserved in the way of fresh produce and healthy foods," said Blair Besten, executive director of the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District, which responded by sponsoring the new market.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
A mystery street artist with a sense of humor has turned parts of downtown L.A. into a guerrilla art installation. Eight neighborhood landmarks or areas have been marked with official-looking city placards that offer what appear to be background information about the location. One, for instance, says that a downtown dumpster was designed by Andy Warhol. Though the artworks are unsigned, Culture Monster has learned that they are called "Art Appears" and are the work of the artist who calls himself Wild Life.  [ Update, 12:08 p.m. Wednesday : At least two of the signs have been removed since Tuesday, one near City Hall and one near the LAPD headquarters.]
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
In the nearly 20 years that Fernando Ojeda has owned a downtown restaurant, he's seen the expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center and construction of the Staples Center and LA Live. Each time, the increased foot traffic boosted sales at his restaurant, Fernando's Taco Inn, which sits directly across from the entertainment complex. So when news broke Thursday that AEG chief executive Tim Leiweke would be leaving his post -- leading to speculation that his departure could delay or scrub a downtown football stadium -- Ojeda was disappointed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A nearly $1-billion contract to build a downtown subway that would close one of the most frustrating gaps in Los Angeles County's rail network should go to two companies with experience in local rail construction, according to a Metro report published Tuesday. The recommendation comes even though the firms were not the lowest bidders. In the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority analysis, staff members recommended awarding a $927-million joint contract to Skanska USA and Traylor Bros., two firms now building other regional rail projects.  The Downtown Regional Connector is a 1.9-mile, $1.46-billion underground link between rail lines that skirt opposite ends of L.A.'s downtown, one near Union Station and the other near Staples Center.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to pump new life into the old building and its rebounding neighborhood. The century-old flagship of the May Co. contains 1.1 million square feet of space surrounded by Broadway, Hill Street and 8th Street. The commercial district was once one of the best in the Southern California, but fell on hard times in the late decades of the 20th century. Waterbridge Capital has agreed to buy the property now known as Broadway Trade Center, city officials and property brokers said.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Despite a boom of apartment building, the condo market in downtown Los Angeles remains tight as a drum. And that's pushing up prices. The price per square foot of a new condo downtown climbed 6% in March from February to $656, according to a new report from the Mark Co. , which tracks downtown real estate. The number of condos for sale, meanwhile, fell sharply as buyers snapped up units at downtown's lone new condo building: the Barker Block on Hewitt Street. At month's end, Mark said, there were only 27 new units for sale downtown, and the inventory of existing condos for sale would burn off in less than three months -- half of what's considered a healthy supply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Trader Joe's may be the favorite store of many Southern Californians, but it has earned the ire of some prominent downtown Los Angeles boosters who are royally miffed at the popular grocery chain. Summoning all the indignation one can gather while feasting on scrambled eggs and Danish pastry, members of the Downtown Breakfast Club on Thursday heaped scorn on Trader Joe's for its inexplicable absence from the neighborhood. “It's rather baffling,” the club for real estate professionals said in a statement at its annual Roses and Lemon Awards program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar wants the city to hold off on issuing permits for a music festival involving Jay Z, saying he needs more information about the Labor Day weekend event. The Budweiser Made in America Festival, which advertises itself as being “curated by Jay Z,” will operate over two days at Grand Park and require downtown sidewalk and street closures, some lasting up to 10 days, according to a council motion submitted by Huizar. Huizar wrote that people in his district and community groups had not been informed about “the specifics of the event,” which he said could draw as many as 50,000 people to downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A massive multistory parking garage under construction in downtown Los Angeles partially collapsed Friday morning but no one was injured, fire and transit officials said.  Officials said a concrete pour was being conducted around 6:30 a.m. when a worker responsible for monitoring the pour heard an unusual sound and radioed to get everyone off the construction site. Shortly before 8:50 all workers had cleared the area, and around that time part of the structure went down, said Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales.
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