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Tue, Apr 23 2013

Spring Street bike lane poised for a paint job despite film industry concerns


Downtown councilman José Huizar has introduced a motion to have the peeling Spring Street bike lane painted once again. These green lanes are supposed to increase driver awareness, but the film industry thinks the color makes it difficult to shoot there.

Mon, Apr 22 2013

Peddler's Creamery now open for business on Main Street


Although Peddler's Creamery is now officially parked in DTLA, the bicycle-powered ice cream shop still highlights cycling in the store's design and logistics. The Main Street ice cream shop opened quietly last week.

Fri, Apr 19 2013

A frenzy of taco tasting peaks this weekend at Grand Park

Angelenos know their tacos, and right now they're in the process of voting on the best ones in the city. The competition culminates on Saturday in DTLA's expansive Grand park, with taco trucks, DJs, a beer garden and live mural-painting.

Thu, Apr 18 2013

Recycle to ride: Metrolink offers ticket trade for unwanted goods

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Earth Day is on Monday and in honor of the green event, Metro is setting up a recycling center at Union Station where you can turn in your old electronics, bottles, and clothing. The first 200 people to drop off items get a free Metrolink round-trip ticke

Wed, Apr 17 2013

Grand Central Market begins transformation with debut of Sticky Rice Thai food


Downtown's Grand Central Market continues to be updated with new eateries as part of its massive makeover to become a more modern open air food market. Sticky Rice, an "authentic" Thai restaurant, is part of this change and is now serving lunch.

Tue, Apr 16 2013

Grand Park director pushes for lower film fees to be 'good neighbor' to Hollywood

Grand Park is working with the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to negotiate a new rate for film studios who want to use the public park. The director of the Grand Park says they won't sacrifice public use of the land for the sake of money.

Tue, Apr 16 2013

Chinatown 'Dim Sum Crawl' includes craft beer pairings

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This Thursday a tour of Dim Sum proportions will wind its way through Chinatown. A $60 ticket buys you snacks and brews at four restaurants — as well as a souvenir beer glass.

Mon, Apr 15 2013

Industrial Alameda Square to be renovated, stylized into fashion-focused retail center

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Best known for hosting the expansive American Apparel factory, the 1.4 million-square-foot Alameda Square will undergo a complete makeover as designers and property owners attempt to turn the industrial campus into an attractive retail center.

Fri, Apr 12 2013

Team of Downtown LAPD officers to run in 120 mile race to Las Vegas

This weekend, droves of LAPD officers will head out to the desert to compete in, cheer on or celebrate the "Baker to Vegas" race. This overnight relay run pits teams of law enforcement officials against each other -- and ends in a big Vegas party.

Thu, Apr 11 2013

LA government access TV station moves headquarters to Olvera Street theater

Government access TV station Channel 35 — where City Council meetings are aired live —is moving its headquarters to the historic Pico House Merced Theater. City officials say this will also allow for a much needed modernization of the facilities.

Wed, Apr 10 2013

Figueroa Corridor project pushes forward with 2014 deadline looming


In order to secure the necessary funds for the overhaul of Figueroa and surrounding streets, all work must be completed by 2014. On Tuesday at a community meeting, organizers released updated renderings to a packed room.

Wed, Apr 10 2013

Team scavenger hunt to explore DTLA neighborhoods in CityRace

Over the next three months, teams will be dispersed throughout downtown L.A. neighborhoods finding clues and solving puzzles as part of an urban scavenger hunt. For a $40 entry fee, you can show off your extensive DTLA knowledge.