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Groundbreaking for new 'cube' federal courthouse on Thursday in downtown Los Angeles

By Hayley Fox — August 06, 2013 — 22 Comments

A large lot that has been empty for years on 1st Street and Broadway will soon be transformed into a federal courthouse. The new building will look a lot like a large, glass cube and include 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.

By Hayley Fox — August 01, 2013 — 2 Comments

Although a survey indicates many Downtowners may have preferred a Trader Joe's, they're getting a Whole Foods. The upscale natural food chain has announced they'll be setting up shop in an apartment complex on Grand Avenue.

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New stalls, renovated patio debut at Grand Central Market

By Hayley Fox — July 18, 2013 — 41 Comments

Everything from a BBQ restaurant to a gelato shop are opening at the Downtown staple, Grand Central Market. The 27,000-square-foot space is undergoing renovations, as developers slowly change and add new vendors to the historic market.

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DTLA’s building boom has by-passed Chinatown, until now

By Hayley Fox — July 05, 2013 — 3 Comments

DTLA's population has exploded by about 40 percent over the last ten years, as residents have filled lofts in the Arts District and the Historic Core. But amid all this growth, one neighborhood has remained largely the same: Chinatown.

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Broadway to trade in traffic lanes for pedestrian space in streetscape project

By Hayley Fox — July 01, 2013 — 8 Comments

The L.A. City Council has voted to fund Phase I of a project that will transform Broadway into a more pedestrian friendly space. This means reducing lanes of traffic to three and adding more 24-hour curbside parking.

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Corporate headquarters of LA-born clothing retailers open at Alameda Square

By Hayley Fox — June 10, 2013 — 4 Comments

Ella Moss and Splendid have opened a new, two-story corporate headquarters at Downtown's Alameda Square. Their debut is only one part of a massive overhaul planned for the 1.4 million-square-foot industrial compound.

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Hospitality Express program offers LA businesses a fast pass to open

By Hayley Fox — June 03, 2013

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on his way out, but some of his initiatives are here to stay. Among them, the Restaurant and Hospitality Express program, which tries to encourage more development through creating a more streamlined process.

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Urban Outfitters to open in Rialto Theatre, restore marquee

By Hayley Fox — May 03, 2013 — 1 Comment

Although there were murmurings last year of the retailers move to Downtown, Urban Outfitters has made it official; they will be the newest retailer to set up shop on Broadway. Councilman José Huizar's made an official announcement yesterday.

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Metro releases four possible plans for Union Station redesign

By Hayley Fox — May 02, 2013 — 1 Comment

Metro is constructing a long term plan for Union Station that will include adding a new concourse, making way for the high speed rail and making the station more accesible to its commuters.

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Grand Central Market begins transformation with debut of Sticky Rice Thai food

By Hayley Fox — April 17, 2013 — 2 Comments

Downtown's Grand Central Market continues to be updated with new eateries as part of its massive makeover to become a more modern open air food market. Sticky Rice, an "authentic" Thai restaurant, is part of this change and is now serving lunch.

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Industrial Alameda Square to be renovated, stylized into fashion-focused retail center

By Hayley Fox — April 15, 2013 — 1 Comment

Best known for hosting the expansive American Apparel factory, the 1.4 million-square-foot Alameda Square will undergo a complete makeover as designers and property owners attempt to turn the industrial campus into an attractive retail center.

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Ace Hotel sets fall 2013 opening date for new DTLA location

By Hayley Fox — March 21, 2013 — 20 Comments

Although few project updates have been released, according to the hip Ace's twitter account they will be opening their new Broadway digs in fall 2013. The hotel is being built in the historic United Artists building.