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This Date in Downtown


A look back at some of the events that have taken place Downtown over the years.


Hollywood Freeway Opens in 1951

By Eric Richardson — December 27, 2008 — 6 Comments

On December 27, 1950, civic leaders made their speeches and welcomed the first vehicles onto the Hollywood Freeway through Downtown. The first link of the highway...


4th Street

By Eric Richardson — November 25, 2008 — 8 Comments

On November 25, 1953, city officials presented detailed plans for the viaduct-cut that would take 4th street over Figueroa and Flower and under Hope and Grand. ...


2008-11-14 08:54:26 -0800

By Eric Richardson — November 14, 2008 — 3 Comments

Hailed as the "largest retail jewelry exchange in the world," the New York Jewelers Exchange opened on November 14, 1978. For thirty years the Exchange has occupied...


Hall of Justice Headline

By Eric Richardson — September 05, 2008

Early in the morning hours of September 5th, 1970, an explosion on the sixth floor of the Hall of Justice demolished a concrete wall near the office of District...


Torch of Learning

By Eric Richardson — August 20, 2008

Thirty-nine years ago today, on August 20, 1969, the city's Municipal Arts Commission declared the Central Library building and grounds a work of art. The building...


By Eric Richardson — June 04, 2007 — 4 Comments

Thirty-five years ago today the Times ran an interesting piece talking about the $250,000 Downtown plan put together by planning firm Wallace, McHarg, Roberts ...