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November 4, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Like concentric circles radiating outward from a pebble thrown into a pond, nouveau bars in downtown Los Angeles have spread from the safe confines of 4th and Main streets to the still-rough edges of the Arts District and beyond. The current maven of downtown's outer limits, Dana Hollister, has added a revamped holding to her growing bar fiefdom. It's called One-Eyed Gypsy, and it replaces the former Bordello, just a 500-meter dash from her successful Villains Tavern. However, where Villains — with its Moulin Rouge-inspired opulence — is very much a destination bar, pulling in weekenders from all over the Southland, One-Eyed Gypsy aspires to a less glitzy vibe.
September 9, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Los Angeles film school has been ordered by a state agency to shut its doors for operating without a license and pay $80,000 in fines and tuition refunds to two former students. The Los Angeles Feature Film Academy pledged on its website that students would get an opportunity "to train alongside working professionals" and make "real feature films … that are released worldwide. " One student complained that instead, she spent tens of thousands of dollars on a program that was run out of the owner's loft apartment on West 5th Street near downtown Los Angeles.
September 3, 2011 | By Barbara Thornburg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here in the capital of outdoor living, there is the front yard. And there is the backyard. But an up yard? For interior designer Velvet Hammerschmidt and her husband, software executive Mark Friedman, that was the solution. They loved their modern loft digs in Santa Monica's Commercial Broadway District. Within minutes, they could stroll to their favorite restaurant, browse the boutiques on the Third Street Promenade, watch a mime, stop for a cappuccino. But the desire for a such a metropolitan life also came with a natural longing for, well, nature.
August 12, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dogtown Station, which has become something of an entertainment industry hub in Venice, has added producer Karen Tenkhoff to its ranks of owners. "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) producer has bought a 1,850-square-foot loft at the mixed-used development that was listed at $1.05 million. The unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Her neighbors include Iron Chef Michael Symon, writer-producer-director Neal Brennan of "Funny or Die Presents …" (2010)
July 17, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong
"Look, Daddy, that man's going to the bathroom!" No, not the words any daddy wants to hear from his 10-year-old daughter, especially during a stroll through their brand-new neighborhood. Moving my wife and kids into a downtown Los Angeles loft may not win me "Dumbest Dad of the Year" honors, but it should at least get me into the quarterfinals. The loft itself was great. More like a movie set than an apartment. High ceilings, new appliances, breathtaking views and a deck with a Jacuzzi that was used at least once every six months during our year there.
June 24, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown will look to a group of private donors — presently refusing to reveal their identities — to pay his rent at the luxury loft in downtown Sacramento where Brown and his wife live while in town. Donors are contributing to a nonprofit formed specifically to cover the costs of Brown's $3,000-a-month, 1,450-square-foot apartment. In the past, the practice of having private donors pay for the governor's residence has alarmed ethics watchdogs.
March 20, 2011
We stayed one week in this gorgeous, modern apartment hotel in Berlin. Our "mini-loft" was a home away from home, had everything we needed and was uncluttered and relaxing. Very centrally located, and there was a fantastic neighborhood and city guide, with walks and restaurant recommendations. Miniloft Apartment Hotel, 5 Hessische Strasse, Berlin; 011-49-30-847-1090, . Mini-lofts from about $145 a night. Elizabeth Nolan Alamitos
February 12, 2011
Even big-budget projects often employ money-saving strategies ? sometimes to compensate for unexpected overruns, sometimes to allow for splurges in finishes, fixtures or furnishings. Regardless of the reason, the strategies can work for projects large or small. Some of the cost-conscious moves in Linnea Mielcarek and John Howley's house: Floors: The floors sport a smooth, cement-like finish called Dex-O-Tex for "a continuous surface indoors and outdoors to the deck," architect Janice Shimizu says.
February 12, 2011 | By Emily Young, Special to the Los Angeles Times
John Howley, a story artist at DisneyToon Studios, spent a year and a half in Italy as a translator in an 11th century Franciscan monastery. Ask about his preference in architecture, and he answers: "I like Romanesque. " His wife, Linnea Mielcarek, a former fashion and furniture designer, favors modernism's simple, uncluttered lines. Ask about her taste, and she responds: "I prefer the raw industrial look. " How can a husband and wife reconcile such wildly divergent aesthetics and end up with a house they both love?
December 31, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Its prices were low. But in the end, the downtown Los Angeles used-goods shop simply wasn't used enough. That's the reasoning behind the planned closure Friday of the 35-year-old Goodwill Store at 235 S. Broadway. "The downtown store is actually in the lower-to-middle range in terms of volume of business," said Sasha Itzikman, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Southern California. Nonetheless, countless downtown loft apartments and business offices have been outfitted with quirky artwork and inexpensive furnishings since the store opened in 1975.
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