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2007 in Review: July - September

By Eric Richardson
Published: Saturday, December 29, 2007, at 09:26PM
Ribbon Cutting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Writing again from the cold clime of Michigan, here's part three in our look back at the year 2007.

Quarter three of 2007 saw Downtown finally get its grocery store. After that, little else seemed to matter. The same month held a much sadder note, though, with the passing of Arts District icon Joel Bloom. August and September brought a replaced cupola, a look at Skid Row basketball and a fight over liquor licenses. The summer months were plenty busy for Downtown.

The quarter saw 153 posts, and readers contributed 936 comments. Top commenters among non-authors were Benjamin Pezzillo with 52, fridayinla with 26, and a three-way tie at 25 between Bert Green, Scott Mercer and Urban Bruin.

Most Commented Posts

Broadway Retail Only Part of the Problem (47 Comments)

Leaning Toward Traction (39 Comments)

ImaginAsian Center Will Add Modern Life to Main (33 Comments)


Art Bus — While the service kicked off in June, July saw the official ribbon-cutting for the Art Walk DASH service sponsored by DLANC. The free bus provides a great way to get from one end of the Art Walk to the other.

Arts District Icon Passes — Joel Bloom, proprietor of Bloom's General Store and an Arts District landmark, passed away on July 13th following a long fight with cancer. Joel's absence will long leave a void.

Downtown Gets a Grocery — July brought Ralphs back to Downtown after a half-century away. The highly-anticipated store instantly became one of the highest grossing in the chain.


Month for Peeks — August was the month for peeking at new projects. First we took a hardhat tour of the ImaginAsian Center, which since opened in December. Then we got a look at Elevate Lounge. Finally we took a look at new construction at the Colburn School, as the month saw the Downtown institution welcome its first resident students.

Blogger Social — On the 19th we hosted an ice-cream social timed to coincide with the Nisei Week Parade in Little Tokyo.

Fixing Broadway — The end of the month saw heavy discussion on the state of Broadway and illustrated the many-faceted problems faced by those who would change the street's fortune.

Complete at Last — August saw the return of St. Vibiana's cupola after an absence of just over a decade. The completion of the structure symbolically marked the culmination of a great Downtown preservation story.


Skid Row Hoops — The month opened with a profile of the Skid Row 3 on 3 basketball league. The league just celebrated the end of its season, with the championship going to "Da Ryders." There will be a City Hall ceremony for the league in February.

Urgent Appeal — After their initial request had been denied, Kor Group's appeal over liquor licenses in the Santa Fe building had the chance to define whether revitalization could continue. After two hours of deliberation the Planning Commission gave the project good news and reversed Assistant Zoning Administrator Daniel Green's earlier ruling. Probably unrelated, but Green has since retired.

Rainbow, Noted — September 22nd saw a pair of rainbows over the skies of Downtown, and four Downtown bloggers took note.

Success Story — After months of noting mistakes, the Bad Maps series got a success story as CRA noticed our post and corrected one of their maps.

Arts District Compromise — Though the development's still working its way through the system, One Santa Fe got a some Arts District support when it offered 5,000 sq. ft. of space to the community.

D.C. Press — Capping off the quarter, Downtown got a profile in the Washington Post. blogdowntown got a mention.


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