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 .
July 20, 2012 |
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.
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March 24, 2013 |
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.
September 19, 2012 |
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.]
March 14, 2013 |
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.