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Double duty: Artwork, irrigation system takes shape in the form of a water wheel

By Hayley Fox — August 14, 2012 — 1 Comment

Engineers, city and county officials and a local artist are moving forward with plans to install a water wheel next to DTLA's state historic park. This approximately 60-foot-tall system would use water from the L.A. River to irrigate the park land.

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Maintenance phase of Skid Row cleanup starts Monday

By Hayley Fox — August 13, 2012 — 4 Comments

Seven more days of trash pick-up and power-washing focused on DTLA's Skid Row area began today in an attempt to address the streets' public health hazards. This effort continues a massive cleanup spurred by recent health code violations.

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First 'fast charger' for LA electric cars unveiled in Arts District

By Hayley Fox — August 10, 2012 — 6 Comments

Officials unveiled the first "fast charger" for electric cars in the city of Los Angeles on Thursday -- and it's located in a DTLA parking lot.

"Chalkupy" event in Pershing Square remains peaceful

By Omar Shamout — August 10, 2012 — 2 Comments

Last night's "Chalkupy" event in Pershing Square remained peaceful as LAPD officers allowed the crowd to draw all over the square with chalk as long as they didn't do so elsewhere.

Art Walk, Chalk Walk, Chalkupy live blog

By blogdowntown Staff — August 09, 2012 — 2 Comments

As Art Walk, Chalk Walk, and two groups of the Occupy movement all find themselves in Downtown tonight, we have set up this live blog to document it all.

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DTLA skateboarding scene may be at odds with new city ordinance

By Kylie Reynolds — August 09, 2012 — 5 Comments

The L.A. City Council passed an ordinance this week intended to prevent “reckless” skateboarding in the city, but some Downtown locals say they don’t think it will have much of an impact on the way boarders ride in DTLA.

By Rachel Garcia — August 08, 2012 — 1 Comment

A few people who work in the areas tallest buildings said they weren't afraid during the quakes.

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Downtowners have mixed feelings about Art Walk

By Emily Chu — August 08, 2012 — 9 Comments

Tomorrow night marks the first Art Walk since last month's Chalk Walk. Downtown residents have mixed opinions about Art Walk, but this ambivalence has more to do with the event's environment than concern about Occupy LA's potential presence.

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New Spring Street coffee bar 'not that worried' about incoming Starbucks

By Hayley Fox — August 08, 2012 — 5 Comments

Tierra Mia, a "Latin coffee concept" shop, recently joined the ranks of independent coffee stores on Spring Street. Owner Ulysses Romero isn't concerned about his soon-to-be Starbucks neighbor though and says "the cups will speak for themselves."

Unique LA puts on costumed movie nights in the Arts District

By Hayley Fox — August 07, 2012

From the creator of Unique L.A. -- the two-day shopping bazaar that features locally made goods and independent artists -- comes a series of movie screenings that include costumes, trivia and free drinks (for $8 to $10 admission).

Downtown bar holds charity event for autism awareness on Sunday

By Ella Kidron — August 03, 2012

Local favorite bar Down N' Out is not only home to some of Hollywood's most famous mugshots, but a unique crowd of do-gooders who put on a fundraising event every two months to promote local charities.