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Tow truck, Metro bus collide near 5th and Broadway in DTLA; 1 dead, 2 hurt

By Hayley Fox — June 12, 2013 — 1 Comment

This morning around 5:10 a.m., a Metro bus and tow truck collided in Downtown, sending the tow truck crashing through a 7-Eleven convenience store. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, has died.

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Grand Park party to send off LA mayor with celebrities, live music and free nachos

By Hayley Fox — June 05, 2013 — 28 Comments

This Friday at Grand Park, a massive party in honor of L.A.'s culture and diversity will be combined with a goodbye celebration for the current mayor. Former president Bill Clinton, actor Wanda Sykes and radio personality Ryan Seacrest will all be there.

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Stretch of the LA River now open for walking, kayaking this summer

By Hayley Fox — May 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

A 2.5-mile portion of the L.A. River near downtown L.A. is now open for recreational use for the first time since the 1930s. This trial program may be used as a model for future revitalization of the rest of the river.

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Skid Row shelter to be named Calif. Non-profit of the Year

By Hayley Fox — May 21, 2013 — 2 Comments

The Downtown Women's Center has been in Skid Row for 35 years, providing shelter, educational programs, meals and medical services. On Wednesday, the organization will be named Nonprofit of the Year by the Governor's office.

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30 new DTLA surveillance cameras set to launch at the end of the month

By Hayley Fox — May 16, 2013 — 398 Comments

LAPD's Central Division is working with a contractor to install cameras in Skid Row, the Fashion District and the Historic Core. Police Capt. Horace Frank said all 30 of them should be up-and-running by the end of the month.

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LA Bike Week round-up: Group rides and giveaways celebrate cycling all week

By Hayley Fox — May 14, 2013

Metro's Bike Week began Monday and continues through the weekend in an attempt to encourage more Angelenos to pick up their two wheels and ride -- if only for one week a year.

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May Day rally to shut down DTLA streets tomorrow

By Hayley Fox — April 30, 2013

Wednesday is the annual May Day parade that winds through downtown L.A. in celebration of International Workers' Day. This massive demonstration has become a forum for many causes; from LGBT rights to the Occupy movement.

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DTLA Girl Scout troop made official; still seeking mentors for girls

By Hayley Fox — April 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

Downtown's newest — and only — Girl Scout group has received their official number troop number. But now they're looking for mentors (parents or otherwise) that will volunteer to work with some of the teens in the program.

via Downtown Flea Facebook page

'Etsy'-type flea market, food fest to begin in Historic Core this summer

By Hayley Fox — April 25, 2013 — 7 Comments

Starting in July, a monthly flea market featuring food trucks and local designers will take over four parking lots in DTLA. Organizers say there will be up to 400 vendors selling new and vintage goods.

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Spring Street bike lane poised for a paint job despite film industry concerns

By Hayley Fox — April 23, 2013 — 9 Comments

Downtown councilman José Huizar has introduced a motion to have the peeling Spring Street bike lane painted once again. These green lanes are supposed to increase driver awareness, but the film industry thinks the color makes it difficult to shoot there.

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Recycle to ride: Metrolink offers ticket trade for unwanted goods

By Hayley Fox — April 18, 2013 — 1 Comment

Earth Day is on Monday and in honor of the green event, Metro is setting up a recycling center at Union Station where you can turn in your old electronics, bottles, and clothing. The first 200 people to drop off items get a free Metrolink round-trip ticke