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Some Orsini residents give thumbs up to new DTLA Walmart

By Rachel Garcia — August 02, 2012 — 5 Comments

While many have been critical of the Walmart slated to open in DTLA, some nearby residents seem to welcome the idea -- citing benefits including a more convenient shopping option.


Construction begins on Spring Street Park; supporters hope project will attract families to DTLA

By Hayley Fox — August 02, 2012 — 3 Comments

City officials broke ground today on the construction phase of a new downtown L.A. parklet; Spring Street Park. There was talk of DTLA's family-friendly future, the continued push for green space, and the changing of the area's city councilmember.


Chinatown bakery owner says Walmart wont impact business for a few years

By Ella Kidron — August 01, 2012 — 2 Comments

A new Walmart slated to open in Chinatown has some local business-owners worried about the future of their stores. But the full impact wont be felt for another one to two years, says owner of popular Chinatown bakey, Wonder Bakery, Chris Cheung.


Occupy protesters help organize DTLA town hall to discuss Chalk Walk

By Hayley Fox — August 01, 2012 — 36 Comments

Occupy protesters along with downtown L.A. community activists, residents and business owners are expected to gather Thursday night at a town hall meeting to discuss what happened at last month's Chalk Walk.


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Downtown LA stores accused of selling lead-tainted jewelry

By Hayley Fox — August 01, 2012

Officials filed a lawsuit Tuesday against 16 DTLA stores for selling jewelry that contained high levels of lead. A total of 343 tainted items were found -- many of them at Joia Trading on Crocker Street.


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Spring Street Park to enter construction phase this week

By Hayley Fox — July 31, 2012 — 2 Comments

Spring Street Park is poised to move into its construction phase this week, but won't be ready to open until next summer.


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LA streetcar project inches closer to securing local funding

By Kylie Reynolds — July 31, 2012 — 8 Comments

The L.A. City Council passed a number of ordinances today that will move the DTLA streetcar restoration project closer towards receiving the necessary funding.


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Music Center to handle programming, maintenance at new Grand Park

By Hayley Fox — July 31, 2012 — 1 Comment

A portion of the new, expansive DTLA park is now open to the public. Weekend celebrations attracted about 7,000 people and included a "cross-section" of L.A. residents; organizers are hoping to keep it this way.


CityTarget in Westwood provides sneak peak for DTLA location

By Kylie Reynolds — July 30, 2012

The first CityTarget in Los Angeles opened in Westwood on Sunday, prepping downtown for what it can expect when a CityTarget opens at the Figat7th shopping mall in October.


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E3 gaming conference to remain in DTLA for three more years

By Hayley Fox — July 30, 2012

The Electronic Entertainment Expo will continue to be held in downtown L.A. through 2015. The announcement comes after speculation over whether the event would relocate to avoid upcoming construction in the area.


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Metro works on improving distinction between Expo Line, Blue Line

By Hayley Fox — July 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

Since the Expo Line opened earlier this year, some transit riders have had difficulty deciphering the difference between it and the Blue Line at the 7th Street station. Metro says they're working on improvements to fix this.