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Missy Higgins / Justin Nozuka

By Eric Richardson — January 15, 2009 — 7 Comments

Tickets to see Missy Higgins and Justin Nozuka at the historic Orpheum Theatre on March 21 go on sale this Saturday, but Goldenvoice is offering blogdowntown readers...

Macy's Signage at 7+Fig Eric Richardson

7+Fig Macy's Closure an Opportunity for the Complex

By Eric Richardson — January 08, 2009 — 35 Comments

After operating two stores just one block apart for the last two years, Macy's announced today that it plans to close its store at the 7+Fig shopping center, owned...

New Menu at LA Cafe Eric Richardson

A Resolution for Restaurants: Post Your Hours, and Stick to Them!

By Eric Richardson — January 07, 2009 — 15 Comments

I've lived on Spring street for a touch under five years now, and for two of those I've enjoyed having a pair of great eateries flanking my building. On the one...


Thanks for a Great 2008

By Eric Richardson — December 31, 2008 — 2 Comments

In this last day of 2008, I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I've enjoyed running blogdowntown this year. As I mentioned in the pledge drive kickoff...

Menorah Ed Fuentes

L.A. Live: Not Quite 'Downtown's Mecca,' But Still Full of Potential

By Ed Fuentes — December 30, 2008 — 20 Comments

At a Menorah lighting on Sunday evening, Vic "The Brick" Jacobs claimed that "L.A. Live is Downtown's Mecca." That's a claim that would find plenty of disagreement...

Downtown at Night Eric Richardson

Help Us Cover Downtown: blogdowntown Needs Your Support

By Eric Richardson — December 24, 2008 — 21 Comments

blogdowntown is about to turn four years old, and we need the help of readers like you to continue our mission of creating a conversation about life in Downtown...

Soofer with Style

By Ed Fuentes — December 24, 2008 — 1 Comment

In the Fashion District, 75-year-old Soofer Nejat offers quiet welcomes and hellos with a tip of his hat. He wears his overcoat well, his suit highlighted by a handkerchief...

Snowy Day in MI

By Eric Richardson — December 23, 2008 — 1 Comment

A cold greeting to those of you still in Downtown for the holidays. Kathy and I are in Michigan visiting family, remembering just how cold this part of the country...


By Eric Richardson — December 18, 2008 — 16 Comments

I just rolled out a new feature on blogdowntown, and I need your help testing it out. As of just a few minutes ago, you can now log in to blogdowntown using your...

Crane Access

By Eric Richardson — December 12, 2008 — 1 Comment

Back in 2006, the Downtown News profiled Jim Allen, operator of L.A. Live's Tower Crane One. The article told of his daily 288 foot climb up 22 stories of stairs...

By Stan Lerner — December 11, 2008 — 9 Comments

“Oliver, the NSA tells me that you’re not writing at your usual Starbucks. Is everything okay?” asked President Elect Obama.

“I’m fine. I’ve just been writing a...