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Tue, Mar 26 2013

Four miles of Figueroa Corridor to become more pedestrian, cyclist friendly

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The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape Project includes installing transit platforms, street landscaping, wider sidewalks and bike lanes separated from auto traffic. New designs for the $20 million project will be presented at a community meeting next week.

Fri, Mar 22 2013

Brokechella: The cheaper, closer alternative to Coachella

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Billing itself as a "music fest for the rest of us," Brokechella takes place right across the L.A. River next month. It coincides with the second weekend of the massively popular (and expensive) Coachella music festival -- but costs much less.

Thu, Mar 21 2013

Union Station master plan to prioritize transit over development


Metro has released an update on the "master plan" for Union Station, which will guide long-term development of the transit hub and hopefully, transform it into a "premier destination" for travelers.

Thu, Mar 21 2013

Ace Hotel sets fall 2013 opening date for new DTLA location


Although few project updates have been released, according to the hip Ace's twitter account they will be opening their new Broadway digs in fall 2013. The hotel is being built in the historic United Artists building.

Wed, Mar 20 2013

Husband and wife team opens design store in Arts District


The couple has been collecting home goods together for more than 16 years and have now opened a residential design store in DTLA. Items range from $9 playing cards designed by Shepard Fairey, to designer sofas that cost thousands.

Tue, Mar 19 2013

Streetcar supporters return from Washington after rallying for federal funds

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A group of streetcar supporters including councilman José Huizar went to Washington D.C. last week to try and secure federal funding for the streetcar project. They will be applying for a transportation grant in the next two months.

Thu, Mar 14 2013
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Broadway to become a whole lot brighter with grants for new facade lighting


The application period is now open for DTLA property owners to try and secure their piece of $750,000 grant, which will fund new architectural lighting along Broadway.

Wed, Mar 13 2013

Rotating chef residency at DTLA eatery kicks off with a menu of LA-inspired food


Umamicatessen is hosting a new, rotating chef's table that will feature different chefs over the next 10 weeks. The program begins Thursday with the punny menu, "Live and Dine in L.A.," and will continue for the next several Thursdays.

Tue, Mar 12 2013

US Bank building to be sold to investment group in Singapore

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The U.S. Bank building in DTLA is the tallest building west of the Mississippi. After financial struggles, the towering structure is being sold to an investment group in Singapore.

Fri, Mar 8 2013

City awards design firm $30 millon contract for new 6th Street Bridge


L.A. City Council approved a contract this week for the HNTB design firm to redo the 6th Street Bridge. The firm won the project last year after the city decided the current, historic bridge had to be replaced due to structural issues.

Fri, Mar 8 2013

Hotel development continues at LA Live with plans for a new Marriott


The push for hotel development in DTLA continues, as AEG announced this week they will be selling a 60,000-square-foot plot of land to be developed into a Marriott. This new Renaissance Hotel is expected to have 450 rooms.

Thu, Mar 7 2013

City Council commits to 30 years of funding DTLA streetcar


Last year DTLA voters passed a parcel tax to help pay for a new streetcar. This week, the L.A. City Council has committed to do their part by funding operations and maintenance of the streetcar for the next three decades.