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New Spring Street parklets to be built with the help of a grant, pro bono work

By Hayley Fox — August 28, 2012 — 364 Comments

City council has approved the installation of two street plazas in DTLA, and organizers say the parklets should be up-and-running by the end of this year.

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Pershing Square regulars not all supportive of new task force

By Kylie Reynolds — August 28, 2012 — 20 Comments

Police patrol has increased in Pershing Square since a task force was created last week to address health and safety issues in the park, but some frequent visitors to the park do not see the need for a task force in the first place.

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Blue Line and Metro bus collide near DTLA

By Hayley Fox — August 27, 2012 — 8 Comments

Just before 7 a.m. this morning, a Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus near downtown L.A. So far this year, the light-rail line has been involved in more than 20 accidents.

By Kylie Reynolds — August 24, 2012 — 5 Comments

Spring Street’s roadway will soon get a facelift following the Los Angeles City Council’s passage of two street plaza projects at its meeting Friday morning.

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LA city planning committee approves temporary ban on retail giants in Chinatown

By Hayley Fox — August 23, 2012 — 11 Comments

This week a city planning committee passed a temporary ban on large retail stores moving into the Chinatown area, but even if approved by City Council, it will not affect the incoming Walmart.

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Pershing Square task force created in response to complaints of drug use, abuse

By Hayley Fox — August 22, 2012 — 32 Comments

Councilman José Huizar has created a task force focused on addressing concerns at Downtown's Pershing Square. Among the issues cited were disruptions of the weekly Farmers Market and the presence of "excessive human waste."

By Tony Pierce — August 17, 2012

A man with a shaved head allegedly asked a salesperson at a dealership for the keys to the car so he could listen to the purr of the engine. Soon he was driving away in the $75k car.

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Target hiring fair attracts outpouring of applicants for new DTLA store

By Hayley Fox — August 17, 2012 — 1 Comment

Continuing through Saturday, Target is hosting a job fair to recruit 250 employees for their new Downtown store, expected to open in October.

Skid Row cleanup a success, but more work is needed say residents and workers

By Omar Shamout — August 16, 2012 — 1 Comment

Skid Row residents and Los Angeles Mission staff both agree that the city’s new cleanup plan, which began its second phase on Monday, is literally a breath of fresh air. Questions remain though about how to create lasting positive change in the area.

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DTLA utilities to be removed, relocated to make way for Regional Connector

By Hayley Fox — August 16, 2012

Metro will begin preparing for the Regional Connector, a light rail line which will connect the Metro Gold, Blue, and Expo lines in DTLA. Cable, telephone, water and sewer lines will be removed or relocated to make way for the project.

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Proposed bike safety bill requires drivers to 'give 3' when passing cyclists

By Hayley Fox — August 15, 2012 — 5 Comments

The City of L.A. is cosponsoring a state bill which would require drivers to pass cyclists with at least three feet of space between them. The proposed law aims to promote safer streets and encourage bike ridership.