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Concerto Mikey Wally

Bankruptcy Cases? They're Expensive

By Eric Richardson — May 03, 2011

A look at the Concerto case shows that Downtown's high-profile residential bankruptcies have produced plenty of billable hours for the legal field.

SCI-Arc Campus Eric Richardson

SCI-Arc Completes Campus Purchase

By Eric Richardson — April 22, 2011 — 3 Comments

After 39 years, SCI-Arc finally has a home to call its own after completing the purchase of its 1907 freight depot in the Arts District.

Courtyard / Residence Inn Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Courtyard and Residence Inn for L.A. Live

By Eric Richardson — April 19, 2011 — 4 Comments

Marriott's Courtyard and Residence Inn brands will share a 22-story, 377-room hotel tower to be built across Olympic Boulevard from L.A. Live.

FIGat7th Brookfield Properties

Revamp to Turn 7+Fig into FIGat7th

By Eric Richardson — April 06, 2011 — 6 Comments

The shopping complex at 7th and Figueroa will get its third name in 25 years next fall when it reopens as FIGat7th with Target as an anchor.

Farmers Field Gensler / AEG

Can There Be an Urban NFL Culture?

By Eric Richardson — April 01, 2011 — 27 Comments

Can NFL fans adapt to an urban setting, or is the culture of cars and tailgating permanent and immutable? L.A.'s competing stadium plans have different answers.

Farmers Field

By Eric Richardson — March 29, 2011 — 6 Comments

What should Downtowners expect from Wednesday afternoon's Farmers Field "scoping meeting?" A chance to submit comments, not get answers.

Farmers Field Gensler

Gensler Chosen for Farmers Field Project

By Eric Richardson — March 25, 2011 — 7 Comments

Soon-to-be-Downtown-based architecture firm Gensler was announced today as AEG's choice to design Farmer's Field, the company's proposed NFL stadium and events center.

Kyoto Grand / Weller Court Eric Richardson

Kyoto Grand Reaches Bankruptcy Settlement

By Eric Richardson — March 16, 2011 — 1 Comment

The owner of Little Tokyo's Kyoto Grand Hotel has reached an agreement with its lender that will allow it to move forward with plans to convert to a Doubletree.


By Eric Richardson — March 11, 2011 — 8 Comments

AEG is under contract with a hotel developer to build 375 rooms across Olympic from L.A. Live, and expects to announce the deal within two weeks.

L.A. Event Center Proposal by Gensler Gensler

Stadium Review Keys In On Smart Growth

By Eric Richardson — March 07, 2011 — 14 Comments

Walkability, transit and smart growth promise to play a key role in the environmental review of Farmer's Field that was kicked off today.

Farmers Field Gensler

Staples Bonds Offer Blueprint for Stadium

By Eric Richardson — March 07, 2011

AEG's request that the city issue $350 million in bonds is nothing new, company officials and city staff said at a meeting to discuss the proposed stadium.