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August 26, 1998 | STEPHEN GREGORY
Figueroa Street businesses in the shadow of the Staples Center complex currently under construction may be eligible for an expansion and improvement loan through Comerica Bank-California and the city of Los Angeles. Loans currently carrying an interest rate of 8.75% are available for businesses that qualify and are located on, or about to locate to, Figueroa Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The order issued by city engineers was formal and clear: demolish the 76-year-old Figueroa-Riverside Street Bridge by early spring, clearing the way for completion of a new bridge across the Los Angeles River. The order came after the Los Angeles City Council granted authority to tear down the old concrete and metal truss bridge between San Fernando Road and the 5 Freeway, a connection between the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park. Now, with the $68-million replacement being built mostly with federal funds, a group of architects and activists have launched a campaign to spare the old bridge and transform it into an "elevated green space" for bicyclists and pedestrians.
October 4, 1996
The signs of a neighborhood redevelopment program are glowing along bustling Figueroa Street in Highland Park. The project, which is moving into its second phase this month, focuses on illuminating sidewalks and streets with lights between Avenues 54 and 61. The commercial zone is one of eight major thoroughfares targeted for redevelopment through the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, a project that operates on $3.9 million in federal transportation funds.
September 28, 2013 | By Martha Groves
"Rolling" street closures for Sunday's 14th annual Herbalife Triathlon will pose challenges for motorists trying to navigate between Venice Beach and L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. As amateur and professional athletes from 17 countries swim, bike and run in the triathlon , drivers in Venice, Mid-City and Koreatown will be forced to use freeways to bypass closed streets. Westsiders are urged to take the 405 Freeway to get around the closure of Venice Boulevard from Pacific Avenue to Fairfax Avenue.
May 13, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Monday that he had asked a judge to bar 36 convicted prostitutes and five pimps from walking anywhere on a 5.7-mile stretch of Figueroa Street, part of a larger effort to crack down on a brazen sex trade in South Los Angeles. Delgadillo's proposed injunction is designed to provide relief for neighborhoods along Figueroa, which police say is the busiest corridor for prostitution in the city.
February 25, 1996
Los Angeles Marathon * WHEN: March 3 * TIME: 8:45 a.m. * START: Figueroa Street at 8th Street. * FINISH: Flower Street at 5th Street. * TV: Channel 13, WWOR. * RADIO: KACD-FM (103.1). * MEN'S DEFENDING CHAMPION: Rolando Vera, 2:11:39. * WOMEN'S DEFENDING CHAMPION: Nadia Prasad, 2:29:48. * COURSE RECORDS: Men--2:10:19, 1988; Women--2:26:23, 1992.
October 19, 1986
The Southern California Rapid Transit District began changing the routes of 32 bus lines operating on Figueroa and Flower streets in anticipation of construction work on the new Los Angeles Metro Rail project. Later this year or early next year, Figueroa Street will become one-way northbound between Olympic Boulevard and 2nd Street, and Flower Street will become one-way southbound between 3rd Street and Washington Boulevard.
March 19, 1992
Glendale Elm Avenue, 1100 block--A prowler cut a hole through the screen door of an apartment on the afternoon of March 9 while the resident was home and stole a purse containing $70. East Acacia Avenue, 600 block--A man claiming to be a roofer coming to refund an overcharge came into a home March 12. When he left, the resident noticed her purse and another wallet with $890 were gone. North Verdugo Road, 500 block--A man reported someone poured a white substance on his trees March 12 or 13.
May 3, 1992 | R. Daniel Foster, EDITED BY MARY McNAMARA
While trailing bicycle messenger Dale Perez, I am aware that my life is in immediate peril. Dodging a bus, we cut across three lanes of traffic on Figueroa Street, ride alongside a Chevy Impala for a dozen yards and make a right turn on 7th Street. "I don't take so many chances now that I'm married with a baby on the way," shouts Perez, 27, of Diamond Bar, who works for Pronto Messenger Service. Our first pickup of the morning is at a law firm on Figueroa Street.
October 23, 1997
The city's Department of Transportation agreed Wednesday to take measures to slow traffic along a Highland Park street where a young boy was killed Friday by a car. In a meeting with Councilman Richard Alatorre's chief of staff, Hilary Norton, transportation officials said they would add a left-hand turn lane and more school zone signs along Figueroa Street in the next month.
July 4, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
A sprawling parking lot across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live is up for sale and drawing bidders eager for a prime piece of downtown Los Angeles real estate. The 4.6-acre site at the southeast corner of 11th and Figueroa streets has been approved for a high-end mixed-use complex called Fig Central. Moinian Group bought the property from Staples owner Anschutz Entertainment Group about seven years ago when L.A. Live was under construction. At the time, New York-based Moinian, one of the country's largest privately held real estate firms, paid $80 million for the lot. "We have a broad range of interest in the property, including Asian, Middle Eastern and U.S.-based developers of major infill mixed-use developments," said broker David Hasbrouck of Cushman & Wakefield, who is representing Moinian in the sale.
November 29, 2012 | Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
When he died in 1974, George Abraham Simmons left a bulky legacy: boxes and boxes of drugstore pills, salves and potions - enough to fill multiple cargo containers. What to do with it all? His family was stumped. Pharmaceuticals and botanicals, rouges, deodorants and still-sealed packs of cigarettes - he'd accumulated around 85,000 items. Photos: New life for old corner drugstore To label Simmons a hoarder, though, would be oversimplifying. Take a moment to understand his world.
August 12, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Three people were killed and three injured when an SUV flew off the side of the eastbound 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock on Sunday evening, landing on the street below. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the vehicle was traveling rapidly in the far left lane at a point where the east- and west-bound portions of the 134 Freeway are on parallel bridges. About 6:55 p.m., the vehicle drifted off the freeway into the space between the two bridges and fell onto North Figueroa Street below.
September 9, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
In a city known for traffic gridlock, deliberately eliminating an entire lane for cars could be politically dubious. But that's just what officials did Thursday as they unveiled Los Angeles' newest bicycle lane, a 2.2-mile stretch along 7th Street from Catalina Avenue in Koreatown to Figueroa Street downtown. "Hold on to your hats, folks, we're actually removing a lane for a car — in favor of a bike lane — in Los Angeles," City Councilman Ed Reyes said during a news conference at MacArthur Park.
September 6, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Armed with a broom, rake and paper-picker, Preston Dagons Jr. spent most of Monday combating trash along a busy commercial thoroughfare in Highland Park — part of his daily endeavor to keep the street clean. On a day that many Southland workers chose to relax, attend rallies or eat at backyard barbecues, Dagons chose to do something he said he has come to love: Labor. "I appreciate the Labor Day opportunity to take the day off," said Dagons, 45, of Los Angeles. "But I need to take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to me to make a living.
July 23, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A large parking lot across the street from Staples Center that is considered a prime site for residential and retail development has been sold for $31 million to one of the city's largest parking lot operators. The L&R Group of Companies, which operates Joe's Auto Parks and WallyPark, bought the 2.7-acre parcel at 12th and Figueroa streets from Ektornet, which manages foreclosed properties for its parent company, Swedish bank Swedbank. The asphalt-covered property in downtown Los Angeles will continue as a parking lot, said Gilead Lumer of L&R. "We didn't purchase it with a long-term plan in mind," Lumer said.
June 28, 1990 | Times Researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, visit Los Angeles Friday as they end their U.S. tour. The public is invited to these events: 10:30 a.m.--Performances on the 1st Street side of City Hall will be given by entertainers who reflect the city's cultural diversity. The 200-member Westmoreland Gospel Choir; Nzingha Kamara, an African folk dance group; Latino dance group Danza Floricanto, and a Japanese taiko drum band are few of the acts scheduled.
April 6, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Work has commenced on a long-anticipated upgrade of one of the biggest shopping centers in downtown Los Angeles, its owners said Tuesday. Crews are carving into the former 7th & Fig retail center in a $40-million upgrade intended to enhance its connection to the busy sidewalks around 7th and Figueroa streets, landlord Brookfield Office Properties said. "We're really opening it up to the streetscape and urban fabric so it's not as insular as it once was," said Ed Hogan, national director of leasing for New York-based Brookfield.
March 2, 2011 | Steve Lopez
The line began in the middle of the block and extended to the corner. By the time I made a U-turn and went back to see what was happening on Figueroa Street in Highland Park, the line had snaked around the corner at Avenue 59. More than 125 people were slowly inching their way forward Tuesday morning ? men and women, young and old, moms with strollers ? all of them hoping to land a job at a Dollar Tree store that's about to open. "Everything's $1," said the store logo, and a sign in the window announced that applications for employment would be taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
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