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Wright Street: Downtown's No Man's Land

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 01:26PM
Wright Street Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Looking north on Wright street from Venice Blvd., one can see L.A. Live's Ritz Carlton tower just a half mile away.

If the 110 freeway is the dividing line between Downtown and Pico Union, Wright Street sits in no man's land. The one-block spur off Venice Boulevard is entirely surrounded by freeway ramps.

As the crow flies, it's pretty close to Downtown. For people bound to the streets, it's a lot farther. One broker trying to market the 1920's Castle Hotel as the "L.A. Live Studios" is choosing to pay attention to the former, not the latter.

A brochure for the property accessible via Loopnet says that the three-story building is "probably the closest apartment building to the LA Convention Center." It also says that L.A. Live is "apprx 550 feet, walking distance."

Well, not so much.

Following streets, the building at 1340 Wright Street is actually 0.84 miles from Nokia Plaza, or a little over 4,400 feet. As a straight line, it's still a half mile.

One can certainly understand why some liberal artistic license would be necessary to sell a property in such an odd location. Five building sit on the 370 feet of Wright street. The block is entirely surrounded by ramps that connect the 10 and 110 freeways.

It would be hard to imagine a more concrete example of the divides created by the growth of Los Angeles' freeways.

The property does have some potential value: as a spot for billboards. 1340 Wright street is listed for $2.2 million, but the seller requires a percentage of all potential signage revenue.

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