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February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Uniqlo, a popular Japanese apparel retailer often compared to American brand Gap, will open its first stores in Southern California this fall at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The company already has more than 1,300 stores worldwide, including 17 in the U.S. Of those, five are up and running in the Bay Area. The first store in the chain, which is known for its wide array of basics, opened in Hiroshima in 1984. Uniqlo is owned by Japanese holding company Fast Retailing Co., parent to Helmut Lang and Theory.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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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.
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.
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 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.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Street closures in downtown Los Angeles for the public funeral for an LAPD officer who was killed last week in a Beverly Hills crash was slowing the morning work commute. The funeral for Officer Nicholas Lee, a 16-year department veteran, was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels , after which, a  procession will end at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Lee will be interred. To accommodate the funeral, officials closed Hill Street between Ord and 1st streets, Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway, and the northbound side of Grand between 1st and Temple - slowing the morning work commute through downtown after they took effect at 6:30 a.m. PHOTOS: Fatal collision in Beverly Hills California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to attend the service, his office announced Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Authorities were searching Thursday for an L.A. County jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on Wednesday. He walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Parker said, according to KTLA-TV . Brown, who was sentenced Wednesday to four years, eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
It's been generations since a high-rise building had its debut on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, but the skyline is finally in for a dramatic change. A local developer hopes to transform a homely corner of the city's famed commercial corridor early next year by leveling a drab one-story retail center at 4th Street and Broadway. In its place would be a 34-story apartment skyscraper more than twice as tall as most other buildings in the historic core of downtown L.A. To be built at a cost of nearly $150 million, the apartment and retail complex called Broadway @ 4th would house 450 units and fill in a key block in gentrifying downtown L.A., developer Izek Shomof said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Ruben Vives
Downtown Los Angeles may get half of the 3.6 inches of rain it received in all of 2013 from the upcoming storm systems, according to AccuWeather officials. The two storm systems are expected to move into Southern California starting Wednesday and will last through the start of the weekend.   The rainfall would bring little relief amid a state of emergency drought that was issued by Gov. Jerry Brown more than a month ago. Los Angeles County officials are asking residents and businesses to shut irrigation systems off. PHOTOS: Los Angeles prepares for rain storms “We all need to do our part to help conserve water, so the very best and most effective thing anyone of us can do to take immediate advantage of the coming rain is to simply shut our sprinkler systems off,” said Supervisor Don Knabe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A three-car crash, two of which became pinned underneath a large dirt-hauler, jammed the morning commute on the northbound 110 Freeway into downtown L.A. on Thursday. The collision occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. just west of Pico Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol's  incident log . One of the vehicles was overturned, KTLA-TV reported , and two cars appeared to be stuck underneath the dirt hauler as more than a dozen firefighters worked to clear the scene.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Uniqlo, a popular Japanese apparel retailer often compared to American brand Gap, will open its first stores in Southern California this fall at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The company already has more than 1,300 stores worldwide, including 17 in the U.S. Of those, five are up and running in the Bay Area. The first store in the chain, which is known for its wide array of basics, opened in Hiroshima in 1984. Uniqlo is owned by Japanese holding company Fast Retailing Co., parent to Helmut Lang and Theory.
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