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BID War in the Fashion District
Business Improvement District May Not Be Renewed As Building Owners Clash Over Services, Payments
Over the past 12 years, the business improvement district that represents the Fashion District has helped turn the southern portion of Downtown Los Angeles into a West Coast apparel industry hub, working to clean the streets, reduce crime and attract shoppers. Many have praised the group, which is officially known as the Fashion District.
A Switch Before Opening
Designed to Condo Standards, Chapman Lofts Give High-End Historic Touch to Renters
For the developer of a just-opened $30 million housing complex, Mark Farzan has an unlikely emotion: disappointment.
Life After Joel
Bloom's General Store Faces an Uncertain Future
A young woman with long black hair stepped into Bloom's General Store on a recent afternoon. She paused and took in the sparsely stocked shelves and empty cigarette racks behind the counter.
Grand Avenue Groundbreaking Remains in Limbo
Officials Delay Finalizing Construction Schedule, Seek Assurances Project Will Proceed
City and County officials last Monday delayed voting on a construction schedule for developer Related Cos.' $3 billion Grand Avenue project for at least seven weeks. At the earliest, the mega-development would open in four years.
The Goldsmith Standard
City National Bank Head Is a Big Believer in Downtown
Five years after City National Bank put its name on a Downtown office tower, its chief executive knows he made the right decision.
From Rats to Ritzy
The Lyndon Hotel, a Former Crime Magnet, Gets a $7 Million Makeover
A construction supervisor opened the temporary wood doors of Skid Row's Lyndon Hotel to reveal the dusty steps leading to the doorway of the once infamous building. The clear halls and smooth floors were an almost overwhelming site for Anita Nelson, executive director of SRO Housing Corporation, which spent the last two years upgrading the property at 413 E. Seventh St.
El Pueblo Profit Sharing
Coffee House Lease Could Raise Below-Market Rents
As city officials work to raise below-market rents for dozens of Olvera Street merchants, a new lease for a coffee house could be a benchmark for future transactions. The deal includes a profit-sharing provision.
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Editorial
Contreras School Pool a Squandered Opportunity
Stakeholders in City West and adjacent communities received dispiriting news last week, when city and Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced that the swimming pool at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex once again will be off-limits to the general public this year. This is a failure from our leaders and the district. Worse, it could easily have been prevented.
Editorial
A Watershed Election
Sheer numbers are the not the only way to measure success. But sometimes, the size of a group says a lot about a situation.
All Aboard for the Downtown Streetcar
Broadway Workshop Is Another Step in the Right Direction
Riding streetcars is fun as well as evocative of a more genteel society and an idealized Los Angeles. That is why the streetcars that once traversed Downtown are remembered so fondly, and why there are such warm feelings for the modern variants featured at Disneyland and in the newly constructed lifestyle centers in the Fairfax District and in Glendale.
The Best Column. Ever.
That '70s Musical Dances Into Downtown, Again
You won't catch me sneaking into a midweek screening of Sex and the City trying to feign interest in whether or not Carrie and Big get married, get pregnant or finally come to grips with the fact that his name isn't a name at all, but an adjective. Would you consider marrying a man named Husky? Small? How 'bout Handsome? Even if he was?
Editorial - Urban Scrawl

(6/16/2008)
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Grand Avenue Park Likely To Secure $30 Million

DCBID Holds First Downtown Open House

Downtown Women's Center Begins Work on New Home

Art Display Honors Foltz

Officials Dedicate Pocket Park

Para Los Ninos Marks Graduation, New School

Holland Partners Plans City West Project

Huge Crowd Turns Out For DLANC Vote

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Big Brother Is in Downtown
Tim Robbins and The Actors' Gang Stage '1984' at REDCAT
1984 has come and gone. Or has it?
'The Swallow' Rarely Soars
Despite a Strong Supporting Cast, L.A. Opera's 'La Rondine' Disappoints
Why has La Rondine never made it big? After all, like La Traviata, it features a hooker with a heart of gold. Like La Boh¸me, it offers a doomed romance set in Paris. The score provides acres of lush Puccini orchestration and a well-known aria.
Rachy
3Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition And Festival Returns to Disney Hall
Considering that most of us lost track of the number of Rocky and Halloween films a long time ago, it's clear that sequels aren't always a good thing.
The'Don't Miss'List
Five Picks in Case You're Skipping the Summer Solstice Chant Circle
  • In Bloom
    Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art just opened at the Japanese American National Museum. Ikebana is traditional Japanese flower arranging, and for this show, local ikebana societies will develop new, living arrangements every week. Alongside the flowers, work from about 20 contemporary artists will be shown - Isamu Noguchi, Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe among them. Traditional Japanese culture has long influenced Western art, but this exhibit takes it a step further. Its driving idea is that ikebana provides formal, conceptual, compositional and pictorial strategies in contemporary art and, conversely, that contemporary art can illuminate the principles and practices of ikebana. Through Sept. 7. 369 E. First St., (213) 625-0414 or janm.org.
    We Got Games
    It's the End of the Line for the Lakers and Avengers
    Los Angeles Lakers
    Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., (213) 742-7340 or nba.com/lakers.
    The Lakers have played their last home game of the 2007-08 campaign, and if they make it as far as Game 6 of the NBA finals (Downtown News went to press before Game 5), they'll battle in Boston. It's all about Kobe at this point.

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