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Washington Post Profiles Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Sunday, September 30, 2007, at 02:50PM
Skyline from the Spring Street Bridge Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The Washington Post today runs a solid profile of Downtown -- Angelinos' New Refrain: "I Love (Downtown) L.A.". The piece sets its open during Art Walk, and it's the first national profile that I can remember actually taking the time to note Downtown as more than just a single neighborhood.

The downtown here harbors at least 16 micro-neighborhoods boxed by the freeways. There's a Little Tokyo, a Chinatown, the original Mexican pueblo. There are vibrant wholesale districts selling flowers, toys, produce, apparel, jewelry, fish. There are glass towers for office workers and the City Hall, the courts and the Staples Center ($400 million), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels ($190 million) and Walt Disney Concert Hall ($274 million). During the day, downtown can be the busiest place in Los Angeles. About 400,000 workers punch the clock here from 9 to 5. Then -- poof -- they drive home. Or they used to.

Since 1999, when the city passed laws to encourage loft conversions from abandoned offices and warehouses, more than 9,300 residential units have been created in downtown, most of them in the past few years. In addition, 8,000 condos and apartments are under construction, and 8,500 more are on the drawing boards.

blogdowntown gets a mention on page two. Photo isn't from the article, but just a skyline shot I took earlier in the year.


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