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Kyoto Grand Eric Richardson

Kyoto Grand Could Become a Doubletree

By Eric Richardson — November 09, 2010 — 37 Comments

Little Tokyo's Kyoto Grand could soon become a Doubletree hotel as part of a plan to bring the 33-year-old structure out of bankruptcy.

Convention Center West Hall Eric Richardson

Leiweke Targets 2016 Super Bowl for Downtown

By Eric Richardson — November 05, 2010 — 53 Comments

AEG CEO Tim Leiweke wants to see the 2016 Super Bowl played in Downtown, and believes the $1-billion stadium he is proposing could lead to five new hotels in South Park.

Pico House Eric Richardson

What's Your Vision for El Pueblo?

By Eric Richardson — November 01, 2010 — 19 Comments

A chunk of the El Pueblo Historical Monument is up for bid, ready to go to the person with the best plan to bring them back to life.

Kyoto Grand / Weller Court Eric Richardson

Little Tokyo Landmarks About to Change Hands?

By Eric Richardson — October 29, 2010 — 3 Comments

As the owner of the Kyoto Grand and Weller Court navigates bankruptcy, its lending bank has negotiated a $44-million sale of the two Little Tokyo landmarks.

740 S. Broadway Eric Richardson

Broadway Rents a Reminder of Why Change is Slow

By Eric Richardson — October 15, 2010 — 44 Comments

A look at a pair of rental listings offers a reminder of why the task of reviving Broadway retail is such a large one.

Rendering of Hooters

By blogdowntown Staff — October 11, 2010 — 25 Comments

It may not be the done deal their listing makes it seem, but the owner of 1248 S. Figueroa is still hoping to land Hooters for his nightlife property.


By Eric Richardson — October 01, 2010 — 3 Comments

Community meetings kick off tomorrow for MyFigueroa, a $20-million project to reshape the corridor between Downtown and Exposition Park.

IMG_0396 Jenni Simcoe

Four Pop-Up Parks Add Green Space For A Day

By Pamela Rouse and Jenni Simcoe — September 20, 2010 — 6 Comments

Four creative groups paid the meters and turned ordinary parking spots into pocket parks around Downtown on Friday for Park[ing] Day L.A.

Park(ing) Day

By Jenni Simcoe — September 15, 2010 — 6 Comments

Park[ing] Day returns to L.A. on Friday, converting parking spaces to temporary pieces of green. Three pop-up parks are planned for Downtown.

The Standard Oil Building Rooftop

By Rich Alossi — September 03, 2010 — 9 Comments

The owners of the Standard Oil Building at Hope and Olympic want to bring a pair of restaurants to the 1924 structure, including one on the roof.

Civic Park Work Eric Richardson

Civic Park Work Well Underway

By Eric Richardson — August 27, 2010 — 14 Comments

One month after groundbreaking, work on the Civic Park's $56-million renovation is well underway. Excavation and removal of trees and monuments is the first part of the process.