blogdowntown 89.3 KPCC | Southern California Public Radio

Stay Connected

@blogdowntown on Twitter
blogdowntown on Facebook


Pershing Square, 1925 California Historical Society: TICOR/Pierce

Looking at Pershing Square's History

By Eric Richardson — October 30, 2008 — 12 Comments

The Times' Cara Mia DiMassa takes a look at the history and current condition of Pershing Square in a story for tomorrow's paper.

When looked at from above, Pershing...

800 Wilshire

By Eric Richardson — October 28, 2008 — 2 Comments

Today it's just a non-descript office building, but when plans for 800 Wilshire were announced on October 28, 1970, the L.A. Times wrote that "the downtown financial...

Archives Live

By Ed Fuentes — October 23, 2008

Those interested in Los Angeles history should grab their calendars and circle this Saturday, October 25. The Third Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, nicknamed...

Hall of Justice Headline

By Eric Richardson — September 05, 2008

Early in the morning hours of September 5th, 1970, an explosion on the sixth floor of the Hall of Justice demolished a concrete wall near the office of District...

Third Street Tunnel Eric Richardson

Third Street Tunnel: A Primer

By Eric Richardson — September 05, 2008 — 11 Comments

The elder of the two tunnels under Bunker Hill, the Third Street Tunnel turned 107 years old this year. That makes it nearly half as old as the City of Los Angeles...

Grand Hope Park Eric Richardson

Grand Hope Park: A Primer

By Eric Richardson — August 27, 2008 — 33 Comments

While grand plans for South Park's titular park may not have developed, the neighborhood does have a great little pocket of green space in the 2.5 acre Grand Hope...

Tracks under 2nd

By Eric Richardson — August 27, 2008 — 2 Comments

Construction work for the new LAPD Headquarters has temporarily uncovered some Downtown transportation history at the corner of 2nd and Main. Buried beneath four...

One Old Way

By Eric Richardson — August 25, 2008 — 2 Comments

Every once in a while on a walk through Downtown, you run across something that makes you stop and say, "I think that's probably pretty old." Last week I was walking...

Torch of Learning

By Eric Richardson — August 20, 2008

Thirty-nine years ago today, on August 20, 1969, the city's Municipal Arts Commission declared the Central Library building and grounds a work of art. The building...

John H. Jones Building Eric Richardson

Who Was John H. Jones?

By Eric Richardson — August 19, 2008 — 8 Comments

Located in the heart of Gallery Row and the Historic Core, nearly everyone Downtown has likely stood on the corner of 5th and Main at one time or another. Likely...

L.A. Times

Scramble Crossings Coming to L.A., but Not for the First Time

By Eric Richardson — August 05, 2008 — 17 Comments

This morning, the Times' transportation guru, Steve Hymon, reported on the city's plan to install scramble crossings at several intersections, including four in...