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UCLA transportation study asks for Downtown participation

By Hayley Fox — July 25, 2013 — 2 Comments

A new study out of the school's Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) aims to improve transit in DTLA by studying travel patterns of people who live and work in the area.


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Memorial Day weekend in DTLA: Beers, yoga and outdoor everything

By Hayley Fox — May 22, 2013 — 2 Comments

If you're not bbq-ing on your own rooftop this long weekend, there's plenty of public parties in DTLA to get you in the holiday spirit. Events start Friday with Grand Park's free yoga, and continue through Monday.


South Park to get new Girl Scout troops (which means more Girl Scout cookies) this fall

By Hayley Fox — March 04, 2013 — 523 Comments

The Girl Scouts are coming to DTLA this fall and organizers are hosting an informational meeting this month for anyone interested. The Scouts will start meeting in the 2013-2014 school year, coinciding with the debut of a new charter school.


via Mykl Roventine

DTLA does V-Day: Your guide to food, flowers and events for Valentine's Day

By Hayley Fox — February 12, 2013 — 2 Comments

The average person will spend upwards of $130 this Valentine's Day, so you might as well spend it where you live and work. DTLA's flower mart will be open 24 hours and multiple restaurants are having special V-Day deals: Here's your complete guide.


Javier Guillen

Grand Park lunchtime yoga extended through March

By Hayley Fox — January 14, 2013

The free, twice-weekly event held in Downtown's Grand Park will continue through March. Yoga teacher Christel Joy Johnson says she tries to accommodate all experience levels in her 45-minute class.


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Last minute holiday gifts from your local DTLA shops

By Hayley Fox — December 19, 2012 — 5 Comments

Christmas is next week but no need to panic (or venture west of Figueroa) for last-minute holiday gifts. Downtown's got something for everyone; from the beer nerd to the literary lover.


Javier Guillen

From the desk to downward dog; free yoga in Grand Park

By Hayley Fox — December 07, 2012 — 1 Comment

Every Wednesday and Friday until December 21 there's free lunchtime yoga in Grand Park. Organizers say the 45 minute sessions are aimed at reducing stress during the hectic holiday times.


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Plastic, pre-lit or natural; the hunt for the DTLA Christmas tree

By Hayley Fox — December 03, 2012 — 1 Comment

The holidays are officially upon us and if Christmas trees are part of your winter plans, you may have to get a little creative in DTLA. Thanks to the help of our readers and Blogdowntown's own research, here's a guide to the green.


Downtown on Ice Opening Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Pershing Square ice rink opens this week to warmer weather

By Hayley Fox — November 13, 2012

Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square has opened for public skating every winter for the past 15 years. In typical L.A. winter form, the rink will open this Thursday as temperatures creep back into the mid-to-high 70s.


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FIDM Scholarship Store discounts clothes to aid students

By Rachel Garcia — August 07, 2012 — 1 Comment

The shop operates on the premise that 75 percent of items cost less than $10 - hardly the arm and a leg that many stores charge. But don't be shocked if you see a box marked "Body Parts".


Orpheum lofts Emily Chu

Unexpected Downtown lofts: Living above the Orpheum Theatre

By Emily Chu — August 06, 2012 — 2 Comments

It might be surprising to hear that somebody (not to mention dozens of other tenants) occupies the 37 units above the Orpheum. For resident Renee Hambley, the Orpheum is the most recent stop on a lifelong tour of settling down.


Do Not Disturb: Most DTLA hotel pools are for paying guests only

By Emily Chu — July 20, 2012 — 2 Comments

The Standard hotel is the only major Downtown hotel that allows the public access to its rooftop pool -- but it may come at a price.