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Wed, Sep 28 2011
The Batwing, Lower Grand

Dark Knight's Busy September Continues with Figueroa Closures

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Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" has been a constant presence around the city in recent weeks, racking up 233 production days at 48 locations. This weekend, shooting moves to Figueroa.

Wed, Sep 28 2011
Arcade Post Office

Meetings to Discuss Post Office Closures This Week


The fate of five Downtown post offices will be up for discussion in a pair of meetings this week, part of a "retail optimization" effort by the United States Postal Service.

Wed, Sep 28 2011
  • A look at the L.A. River's role in movie history.

    Hollywood: A river runs through it [video]

    LA Times

    About 150 crew members, supported by three motor homes, a giant crane and 10 semi-trucks, huddled underneath downtown’s Sixth Street Bridge to film a “winter scene” on the Los Angeles River.

Tue, Sep 27 2011
  • CNN checks in on the crowd outside the Criminal Courts building.

    'M' word on lips of MJ fans vying to get inside doctor's trial -

    They came seeking justice as the sun rose Tuesday over a courthouse in the heart of downtown Los Angeles made famous by its celebrity trials.

Tue, Sep 27 2011
AEG Stadium Bill Signing

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Speed Farmers Field Stadium Planning


Saying that the state had "too many damn regulations," Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a pair of bills to speed construction of Farmers Field and other large development projects.

Tue, Sep 27 2011
Historic Core at Dusk

How Would You Kick Start Downtown?


At last night's tech meetup, conversation turned to Kickstarter, a website where project crowdsource funding to make their ideas happen. That got us thinking: what would you pitch for Downtown?

Mon, Sep 26 2011
  • Dana Hollister Retooling Bordello into One Eyed Gypsy

    Eater LA

    Dana Hollister - the developer, restaurateur, and interior designer behind Villains Tavern, Cliff's Edge, 4100 Bar and a gang of other food/drink establishments - is reformatting her burlesque club Bordello...

Mon, Sep 26 2011
  • Governor Brown is expected to sign AB 292 during a Tuesday ceremony at the Convention Center.

    Gov. Brown to sign downtown LA football stadium bill


    This week California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign a measure in Los Angeles that is expected to help clear the way for construction of a new downtown football stadium.

Mon, Sep 26 2011

Around the Halls: Power Distribution, Colburn Way, Eliminating Business Taxes, Ciclavia Funds

Safeguards in L.A.'s electric network, the naming of "Richard D. Colburn Way," "unconscionably high" business taxes and Ciclavia funding are among the topics at City Hall this week.

Fri, Sep 23 2011
  • That Trader Joe's won't say they're looking at Downtown isn't a huge surprise—it isn't in their plans, until the day they sign a deal and it suddenly is—but it may mean a longer wait for eager Downtowners.

    Trader Joe's Snubs Downtown LA: "Not in 3-Year Plan" | Brigham Yen

    I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but after getting in touch with several employees at Trader Joe’s involved with corporate operations asking about Trader Joe’s opening in Downtown LA in the near future, I was directed to their customer relations where I was told that Trader Joe’s won’t be opening up in Downtown LA anytime soon. In fact, I was told specifically that it wasn’t in their company’s 3-year expansion plan. No explanation given.

Fri, Sep 23 2011
  • CityBilly (Modern American Comfort Food) Opens on Restaurant Row in Downtown LA | Brigham Yen

    A new restaurant concept that’s “modern American comfort food” is opening this weekend on Restaurant Row on 7th Street in Downtown LA called “citybilly,” which replaces the former Pasta Primavera that closed several months ago.

Fri, Sep 23 2011
  • With Spring for Coffee and now Sustain Juicery, SB Lofts certainly takes top prize in the tiny-cafes-per-building metric.

    Sustain Juicery Now Open in Downtown LA | Brigham Yen

    The new juice shop serves up a variety of, what else, fresh juices and smoothies. You can get shots of wheat grass or “straight juices” made from oranges, apples, pineapple, coconuts, and/or cucumber.