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Grand Park to host election day viewing party

By Hayley Fox — November 05, 2012 — 1 Comment

Tuesday is election day so after you cast your vote, sit back and watch the results roll in. Downtown's Grand Park is hosting a viewing party from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday on Tuesday.

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City seeks developers to build upscale hotel near DTLA convention center

By Hayley Fox — November 05, 2012

With the impending redesign of the L.A. Convention Center, the City is soliciting proposals for a new, large-scale hotel for across the street.

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Donated collection of maps is like 'Christmas morning' for DTLA librarian

By Hayley Fox — November 01, 2012 — 2 Comments

After approximately tens of thousands of maps were discovered in a Mount Washington home and given to the Los Angeles Public Library, librarian Glen Creason is figuring out what to do with all of them.

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DTLA bookstore launches rotating selection of 'indie shelves'

By Hayley Fox — October 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

The Last Bookstore will be introducing a new section of books dedicated to independent publishers. This new addition comes months after the introduction of the store's $1 book labyrinth and its hosting of the DIY L.A. Zine Fest.

$2 million expansion at job training center for homeless caters to DTLA demand

By Hayley Fox — October 25, 2012 — 2 Comments

Downtown's Chrysalis center, which helps prep and place homeless people in jobs, has expanded their operation with a $2.1 million renovation. "We were just at capacity so we couldn't wait," said Chrysalis.

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City officials announce final design for new 6th Street Bridge

By Hayley Fox — October 23, 2012 — 7 Comments

The 6th Street Bridge connects DTLA to Boyle Heights and must be replaced because of structural safety concerns. A design firm has been chosen to create the new 3,500-foot span, which will include pedestrian walkways and access to the L.A. River.

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LA named official 'bike-friendly community' by cycling organization

By Hayley Fox — October 19, 2012 — 3 Comments

Los Angeles received the official stamp of approval this week by the League of American Bicyclists when the city was named an official "Bicycle Friendly Community."

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Union Station shakes it out for California earthquake drill

By Hayley Fox — October 18, 2012 — 1 Comment

If you find yourself in Union Station on Thursday around 10:18 a.m., don't panic -- the emergency personnel and duck and cover drills are all part of an earthquake preparedness exercise.

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LA public libraries relaunch evening, morning hours

By Hayley Fox — October 17, 2012

Beginning this week 73 Los Angeles libraries will now be open on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings, after having their hours restricted because of massive budget cuts.

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DTLA hotels distribute city safety information with key cards

By Hayley Fox — October 11, 2012 — 4 Comments

As part of an effort to reduce theft in Downtown and educate city visitors, 10 area hotels have signed on to participate in a new LAPD program that distributes safety tips upon check-in.

City Target rolls out red carpet for DTLA opening

By Hayley Fox — October 10, 2012 — 2 Comments

A new Target at 7th and Figueroa opens to the public on Wednesday, and kicked off their new location with a sneak peek that included champagne, food booths, a live DJ, the USC marching band and even Bullseye, their mascot dog.