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KPCC moves blogdowntown coverage to main news site

By blogdowntown Staff — August 27, 2013 — 9 Comments

As of today, KPCC is moving blogdowntown coverage to our main news site,

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‘Figueroa Streetscape’ road improvement project set for final approval

By Hayley Fox — August 19, 2013 — 8 Comments

A final Environmental Impact Report has been submitted for the $20 million Figueroa Streetscape Project. It could receive its final stamp of approval as early as this week.

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DTLA grocer says incoming Whole Foods shows the 'economy has turned a corner'

By Hayley Fox — August 16, 2013 — 2 Comments

Arts District upscale market Urban Radish is hosting their grand opening this weekend. Owner Carolyn Paxton said she always anticipated that when her store opened, other grocery stores would follow suit.

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Work begins on new DTLA federal courthouse, but what about the old one?

By Hayley Fox — August 14, 2013 — 29 Comments

Crews broke ground last week on the new Downtown courthouse, but there are no definite plans for the old location on Spring Street. The U.S. General Services Authority (GSA), said they haven't decided if they'll be razing the structure.

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Downtown Los Angeles tries to lure more families with new elementary school, parks and entertainment

By Hayley Fox — August 01, 2013 — 9 Comments

Although DTLA is often recognized for its nightlife, growing restaurant scene and loft-living, there's an even younger demographic the neighborhood is trying to attract now; kids.

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Underground parking garage will be demolished to make way for Civic Center Park

By Hayley Fox — July 25, 2013 — 8 Comments

Workers have begun the process of turning a nearly two-acre lot at 1st and Broadway into a new public park. The space has stood empty since 1976 when the building there was damaged in an earthquake, and then torn down.

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As LA’s homeless increases by 16 percent, service providers gather to discuss, plan

By Hayley Fox — July 12, 2013 — 7 Comments

Hundreds of service groups, government agencies and politicos gathered at a downtown L.A. hotel on Friday to discuss the findings of this year's homeless count, which showed an increase in the number of homeless people in L.A. County.

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Supreme Court won't review case on how LA deals with homeless possessions

By Hayley Fox — June 24, 2013 — 7 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a controversial case that puts restrictions on how the city of Los Angeles can remove and destroy the possessions of the homeless living on Skid Row.

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Cecil Hotel rooftop death ruled accidental drowning

By Hayley Fox — June 20, 2013 — 3 Comments

The body of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was discovered in a water tank on the roof of Downtown's Cecil Hotel. Today, the L.A. County Coroner's office announced that her death has been ruled accidental due to drowning.

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Downtown's Para Los Niños gets grant to bring back summer school

By Hayley Fox — June 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

The non-profit that began on Skid Row has had to cancel its summer program the last two years due to a lack of funding. This year, the program is back because of a $50,000 grant.

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Spring Street Park opens today; city officials announce more DTLA open space

By Hayley Fox — June 17, 2013 — 1 Comment

The new 0.7-acre Spring Street Park debuted today and the new space includes a grassy lawn and a playground for toddlers. At the ribbon-cutting, Mayor Villaraigosa announced plans for another new park coming to 1st and Broadway.

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Beer art, outdoor movies and getting fit; a round-up of upcoming DTLA events

By Hayley Fox — June 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

Summer is heating up as is your social calendar. Here's a round-up of this week's Downtown events, from the Arts District to Chinatown.