Original Article Created By Bianca Barragan 

The city is on track to surpass its goal of building 8,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center by 2020.

Since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the target six years ago, the city has signed off on plans for at least 7,239 hotel rooms, according to the city’s Chief Legislative Analyst. That figure is as of January. With more four more projects in the pipeline, the city could sail past the mark and end up with a whopping 9,120 hotel rooms in the area.

Garcetti and tourism department officials have said the hotels are “integral” to keeping LA competitive with other “convention destinations” in Southern California, including Anaheim and San Diego.

To meet the goal, the City Council has doled out subsidies totaling more than $600 million to the developers of six of eight hotels that have opened in the area since 2010, according to a 2018 report for the City Controller’s office.

Since then, it has granted at least $100 million more. In December, the council awarded $97 million in tax breaks to AEG or an 850-room expansion of the Marriott by AEG and the simultaneous upgrade of the convention center. Earlier this month, it approved a dealto give $17.3 million to AECOM for a 258-room, 16-story hotel at 1155 South Olive Street.

The deals might not end there. Even as the city moves to surpass the 8,000-room goal, developers proposing a 300-room hotel at Venice Boulevard and Hope Street have a requested financial assistance.

Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon Tso says that incentives are still on the table, because it’s possible that any of the hotels that haven’t started construction won’t end up being built.

“In the interest of ensuring we meet the goal, additional incentive projects are being put forward,” she says.

The Los Angeles Tenants Union has argued that amid the region’s housing crisis, city money would be better spent preserving existing affordable housing.

“$17 MILLION of public $$$ for a fancy hotel,” it tweeted this month. “But when the Hillside Villa tenants ask the city to buy their building for $9 million to keep hundreds of people in their homes, they’ll surely be told we don’t have enough money. There’s always money for hotels and the police.”

The City Controller has criticized the council for handing out incentives in a 2018 report, Galperin says officials are approving agreements with developers to get hotels and other commercial projects built “without a comprehensive strategy” to ensure the deals are “transparent and advantageous to taxpayers.”

In 2017, the Los Angeles Times editorial board called into question whether the incentives were still necessary at a time when construction in Downtown and South Park is booming.

“Some tax breaks may be wise investments that spur redevelopment, boost economic activity and generate revenue that the city would not have collected otherwise,” the board wrote. “But if a tax break goes to a project that would have happened without a subsidy, then taxpayers trade away money that could have been spent on streets, parks and other public services.”

In December, with the 8,000-room goal so close to being achieved, the City Council directed the legislative analyst’s office to assess whether any “policy adjustments” need to be made to the incentives program.

Tso said options could range from increasing the hotel room goal to ending the program altogether. The report is due out no earlier than late fall.

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Original Article Created By Farley Elliot

Some of Los Angeles’s biggest chef names are reaching in to the hotel culinary world these days, and it’s certainly no surprise given the stability and money found at the big development projects. But Downtown LA’s upcoming Hoxton hotel isn’t leaning local; instead they’ve reached a deal with the Sunday Hospitality group out of New York City to handle all food and beverage on property.

The group’s star restaurant, Sunday in Brooklyn, is not only one of Williamsburg’s busiest restaurants, it’s also the kind of casual all-day dining option that make sense for a hotel like the Hoxton. The plan is to spread the Sunday team across three different dining arenas, starting with the anchor option, Sibling Rival, located at ground level just off the main lobby. Up on the roof there’s room for an unnamed second restaurant and bar, and down in the basement there are plans for a dedicated cocktail spot. On the culinary talent side, Sunday Hospitality is bringing in John Taube, who previously worked at the NoMads in both New York City and Los Angeles.

Not only will Taube and the whole Hoxton crew be competing directly with places like the NoMad and Freehand in Downtown, they’ll also have to contend with LA powerhouses Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, who are opening up at the Proper Hotel very close by. Elsewhere in LA, names like former Top Chef player Chris Crary and even Wolfgang Puck are getting in to hotel deals of their own, as the city continues its boomtown pace with new hotel and residential development. The Hoxton will open in the fall of this year in Downtown.

Sibling Rival at the Hoxton. 1060 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA.

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Original Article Created By Nicholas Slayton

“I think we’re one of the tallest buildings in the Arts District,” Ryan Afari said on a cloudy weekday afternoon.

Afari made the comment while standing on the rooftop deck of the Walnut Building. He pointed to the Toy and Biscuit Company lofts a few blocks away, the two structures that kicked off the Arts District residential boom more than a decade ago.

The Walnut Building is the latest project from developer the Hillcrest Company, which previously tackled Downtown endeavors including the Chapman Lofts in the Historic Core and the Commodore Building in City West. Like its Arts District neighbors, the Walnut is an aged commercial structure that has been turned into housing. The exterior has been fully restored, and the rooftop refashioned to provide a deck with a sweeping view.

The 98-year-old building at 691 Mill St. (though it fronts Seventh Street) has 57 live/work units. It opened in March, adding residential life to a stretch of Seventh that is fast becoming one of Downtown’s busiest investment zones.

The 100,000-square-foot structure originally opened in 1921 and was known as the California Walnut Growers Association Building. After the walnut business left, the building sat vacant for decades. Developer Paul Solomon acquired the edifice and in 2012 announced plans for a live/work conversion, but he ended up selling the property to Hillcrest the following year. The buyer was bullish on the community.

“We’re in Downtown every day. We see what’s going on,” said Afari, whose family owns and runs Hillcrest. “When we bought this, frankly, it was a cheap neighborhood. But we knew something was going on. There was talk of the Ford Factory Building selling, Atlas Capital purchased the Row. You could begin to see the dots being connected.”

Work on the transformation started in April 2017. Hillcrest did a full infrastructure overhaul, including a new HVAC system, installing new windows and updating the electrical system. Afari would not reveal the cost of the project.

While new elements were added, care was taken to preserve the original, unique design. The front of the building stands eight stories, with a rooftop deck, while the rear of the structure, along Mill Street, is four floors with a saw-toothed roof, giving residents on the top floor unique skylights.

“This building is a treasure. We didn’t want to mess with it,” Afari said.

Creative Hub

The Walnut Building is 21% leased, with 12 of the units taken, according to Laura Silver of the Silver Group, which is handling the leasing. Rents average about $4.50 per square foot. An 875-square-foot loft goes for $3,930, while a 1,610-square-foot apartment with a slightly separated bedroom space is $5,250.

Afari said the Walnut Building is targeting people running start-up businesses and those who work on creative enterprises.

“One thing we’re noticing, and it’s telling of where the Arts District is going, is we’re getting a lot of interest from people on the Westside, from people who have primary residences in high-end residences,” Afari said. “People who are creative, they’re buying into the idea of Downtown as where the hub of the city is moving.”

The stretch of Seventh Street the building is on has seen a major turnaround in the years since Hillcrest’s purchase. Shorenstein Properties recently finished its overhaul of the Ford Factory Building to the east, with Warner Music Group relocating there in February. To the west, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles opened in 2017. In between, a number of restaurants and shops have arrived, including Guerilla Tacos, Everson Royce Bar and Commonwealth.

The Walnut Building’s commercial background is apparent throughout the structure. There is exposed brick and concrete pillars rising up in various points. Each loft has polished concrete floors and ceilings up to 15 feet in height. Residences come with an in-unit washer and dryer and Samsung appliances.

Bill Cooper, a Downtown residential broker and founder of the firm DTLA Loft Expert Group, said that the Walnut Building stands out from the recent wave of projects in the Arts District, which have mostly moved away from the live/work design. He said the new building fits into recent openings on Seventh Street.

“The Biscuit and Toy Lofts were their own community for a while; they were cut off,” Cooper said. “But if you look at all the stuff that’s come in since, like markets and restaurants and shops, it’s great for the Walnut Building’s residents.”

Miguel Vargas, executive director with the Arts District Business Improvement District, agreed that the area has recently been seeing more traditional apartments than live/work projects, but said there is still a market for that type of living, particularly as more creative industries and businesses move into the neighborhood.

Amenities in the Walnut Building are limited. There is a compact gym and a pair of conference rooms, plus a roof deck.

Instead, Hillcrest is seeking to make the property stand out by offering services. There is complimentary monthly housekeeping and car washing in the 90-stall garage, as well as dry cleaning services (done off site, but the clothes are picked up from and returned to residents). Afari said the building will host activations and pop-up events from nearby businesses, such as catered meals from area restaurants or marketplaces set up in the property’s lobby.

Cooper said that as more properties open, a development’s amenities can make it stand out. He thinks the Walnut Building’s focus on services and activations will be an advantage.

Hillcrest is also working on another loft project across the street, at 1800 E. Seventh St. That development, with 122 units, is still in the planning process.

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Original Article Created By LA Downtown News

DTLA—Here is something everyone in Downtown Los Angeles can agree on: The garbage on the streets in some neighborhoods is out of control.

Downtown is facing a severe refuse problem, much of it the result of people who toss various kinds of garbage onto sidewalks or in gutters, rather than take it to bins or dumpsters. This isn’t the occasional candy wrapper dropped on the sidewalk or an overflowing garbage can, but rather intentional, and illegal, dumping.

This is offensive, disgusting and violates what should be basic social mores. It is also an extreme health hazard. Remember the recent typhus outbreak?

The situation demands immediate and ongoing attention.

This does not mean a study of where the garbage is or why it is not being disposed of properly. This does not mean a task force that will report back in 60 days with “best practices” suggestions. This does not mean empty promises and Tweets from concerned leaders.

There are laws on the books about this. They need to be enforced, and Mayor Eric Garcetti and Downtown Councilman José Huizar should lead the way. This means attention and a plan of attack from the Bureau of Sanitation. The bureau may already have an action plan, but could be stymied by budget or resource constraints. If that’s the case, the elected officials should flex their muscles.

Those studies and 60-day reports? Sure, order them and determine specifically what has occurred, but do that in concert with focused attention on cleaning the streets.

Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported on the situation and how numerous community leaders say garbage has proliferated since the launch of the RecycLA program in 2017. For those who have forgotten, this was the city effort to reconfigure garbage hauling in commercial buildings and housing complexes. Whereas property owners previously could hire a garbage hauler of their choice, RecycLA divided the city into 11 zones and an exclusive trash hauler was selected for each. The rollout was notoriously bumpy.

The chosen company is supposed to execute a trash-hauling contract with each building owner in its territory. But people who run the cleaning teams of local business improvement districts say the amount of garbage they pick up has spiked since RecycLA began. The Downtown News story reported that whereas Fashion District teams hauled 7.5 tons of garbage a day two years ago, now they pick up 14 tons a day. Other BID leaders reported similar spikes.

What happened? There are multiple factors, including refuse from tent encampments. The real question, though, is, in how many instances have property owners and the chosen hauler not signed a contract, with the result that the owner or building tenants are dumping their garbage with impunity, knowing that someone will take it away. Too often BIDs must pick up the slack. That’s not right.

There is probably blame to share here, but results are what matter. Fair contracts must be signed. The haulers must do their job. City leaders must crack down on illegal dumping. The onus can’t be on the BIDs.

Downtown is dealing with a garbage disaster. The situation must be treated as such.

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Original Article Created By Matthew Kang 

Tacos 1986, which surfaced in Hollywood last November only to receive wide acclaim and social media excitement in the past six months, is finally opening a storefront in Downtown Los Angeles. In partnership with Playhouse Group, which also operates Joe’s Pizza locations around town, Tacos 1986’s Victor Delgado and Jorge “Joy” Alvarez -Tostado will open their Tijuana-style taco shop at the corner of 6th and Spring Street with a June 24 target opening date. The stand makes fresh tortillas, grilling meats over fire then building each taco with guacamole and salsa. There’s a liberal use of melty cheese, which distinguishes the tacos from something more typical on the LA streets.

The stand first served in a parking lot along Highland Avenue before popping up in Koreatown for a number of weeks. LA Times critic Bill Addison gave the stand a rave review before it was forced to relocate from its Western Avenue perch. The stand started a weekly service at Smorgasburg on Sundays and launched various pop ups in Venice and other locations before settling into this permanent space.

Photo Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Once it opens, Tacos 1986 will boast a small dining room with service from 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Eventually the restaurant will expand hours to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. once it can establish consistent staffing. The menu will look familiar to fans, with carne asada, al pastor, chicken, and mushrooms, served via taco, quesadilla, vampiro (melted cheese), and the special off-menu perron, which draws inspiration from Rosarito’s famed El Yaqui.


Photo Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Prices will also remain similar, with perhaps a 25 cent premium per dish for the physical space. In addition, Delgado and Alvarez-Tostado hope to use this storefront as a launching point for more locations around the city. In the meantime, they’ll serve throughout the summer at KCRW’s Night Market on Thursday evenings at the Bungalow in Santa Monica, which will run 5 to 10 p.m. every week at the beachside lounge. And Tacos 1986 will continue to operate at Smorgasburg in Downtown’s ROW on Sundays.

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Hex Dtla

Hex Marks Its Spot: The accessories and travel store Hex opened in the Tower Theater in 2017. It closed a few months ago, as did other adjacent tenants, ahead of Apple taking over the building for its coming store. Now Hex is back on Broadway, with a spot at the base of the 939 Lofts next to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The 700-square-foot shop was scheduled to open on Saturday May 4 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press), and carries the Hex brand’s collections of cell phone cases and bags. There’s a patterned black duffel bag for $99.95, as well as gray and khaki fanny packs for $29.95. For phone cases, the store carries options for almost all types of iPhones, with leather backing and embossed wallet cases. There are even Star Wars-themed selections, including a $59.95 Darth Vader case, for those whose calls turn to the Dark Side.

At 939 S. Broadway or hexbrand.com.

Iron LA Dtla

Hit the Iron: Downtown Los Angeles honestly cannot get enough fitness. Gyms keep sprouting up for the growing population. Maybe it’s to work off all of the ice cream available, well, everywhere. The latest addition is Iron L.A. The Santa Monica-based gym is expanding to a 13,000-square-foot location on Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street in the heart of the Financial District. No opening date has been announced, but the space will feature a sleek, modern aesthetic with free weights, barbell racks, machines and group classes for yoga and strength conditioning. Membership provides access to Iron L.A.’s other location.

Coming to 626 Wilshire Blvd. or ironla.com.

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Private Commons: Just like gyms and pet stores, coworking spaces continue to invade Downtown Los Angeles. The latest announced addition is CommonGrounds Workspace, which is taking approximately 46,000 square feet in an office building at 915 Wilshire Blvd.; the company has inked a 13-year lease, though no opening date has been announced. As with most coworking spaces, customers can expect an open-office floor plan with long benches, a coffee bar and amenities such as printers and fax machines. There will also be private spaces that can be reserved. Membership starts at $250 per month. The San Diego-based company is in the process of expanding into Los Angeles County, having already opened a location in Long Beach. Two additional spots are in the works.

Coming to 915 Wilshire Blvd. or cgworkspace.com.

Gentle Monster Dtla

Oh, Deer!: Broadway’s Gentle Monster has one of the most distinctive store interiors in Downtown. Actually, make that one of the most distinctive in the entire city. Ostensibly and officially a sunglasses store, the Broadway shop has detailed art projects in its showroom that double as displays for its wares. The Korean store recently unveiled its latest exhibition, dubbed Harvest in the 13th Month. Walk into Gentle Monster and you’ll see a kind of cross between 1970s kitsch and a re-created forest, with grass, ferns and a number of mechanical deer. The display is for the store’s Collection 13 line, a menagerie of futuristic and colorful sunglasses that feel like something from The Matrix or a video game. Prices run around $200-$300. Please don’t feed the deer.

At 816 S. Broadway, (213) 935-8114 or gentlemonster.com.

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On the Hunt: Downtown Los Angeles has lost a few vintage home furnishing shops in recent months. Now the trend is being reversed. The Hunt Vintage relocated from a spot on York Boulevard in hip Highland Park to the also-hip Arts District. The store carries a wide selection of items from the mid-20th century, including a custom desk for $1,300, a gaudy golden cloud chandelier for $3,000, and rare posters from the 1960s and 1970s. There are even sets of vintage cocktail glasses, including six highball glasses for $75. The Hunt is on a busy stretch of Mateo Street, so look for the large painting of a chair pierced by an arrow on the outer wall.

At 812 Mateo St. or thehuntvintage.com.

Tread Dtla

Tread on Me: Broadway has a plethora of cool and trendy shoe stores. Now there’s one more, though it is only temporary. Tread by Everlane launched at the end of April across the street from the Ace Hotel. The pop-up shop carries environmentally friendly sneakers for men and women; the shoes use less than 50% new plastic and are made in a carbon-neutral process. The basic Trainer edition is $98. The 800-square-foot store has a minimalist set-up, with white walls filled in by displays of the footwear. The Downtown pop-up runs only through May 17. It comes ahead of Everlane opening a store in Venice; the Broadway location is open every Wednesday-Sunday.

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Two people were injured when a car slammed into a motorized scooter in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

The crash happened at 3rd Street and Broadway Avenue around 8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles police said the scooter rider was crossing the street outside of an intersection. The person who was riding the scooter was determined to be at fault, according to authorities.

A witness said the scooter rider ran a red light and was then struck by the vehicle. That car had a rideshare company sticker in its windshield, but it’s unclear if the driver was on duty at the time of the accident.

Both people who were injured were transported to local hospitals.

No arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing.

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All My Friends, the downtown Los Angeles festival launched last year by Gary Richards and LiveStyle, is coming back for a second run to ROW DTLA Oct. 19-20. Early bird tickets go on sale Friday (May 10) at 10 a.m. PDT at the festival’s website.

The inaugural 2018 AMF featured three stages headlined by RL Grime, Gucci Mane, Jhene Aiko, M.I.A., Jamie XX and Armand Van Helden among others. It reportedly drew more than 20,000 dance music aficionados to ROW DTLA, on the edge of L.A.’s Arts District, a creative space and shopping destination.

The announcement follows that of the inaugural All My Friends Seattle taking place July 4 with Chris Lake, Justin Martin, Destructo, Noizu, and Vnssa at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater, and the second annual Friendship music cruise, which sets sail about Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Navigator of the Seas January 6-10, 2020.

While the festival landscape is fraught with risk, especially for first-time outings, Richards has found success with his dance formats starting with his role at HARD Events, which he sold to Live Nation before launching a new company, AMFAMFAMF, in partnership with LiveStyle, the former SFX now headed by industry vet Randy Phillips.

See also: Gary Richards On Launching All My Friends In DTLA 

“When you come up with a good idea that works, everybody tries to copy it. I like to say, often imitated, never duplicated. You got to give people a compelling reason to spend their money; there are just so many options,” Richards told Pollstar prior to the inaugural All My Friends. “For me, starting something new is a little tough, but at the end of the day, if we manage it correctly, and give the audience something they’re not getting, we’ll stand out as something different and unique.

“My formula remains good music.  I try to A&R and find good, new acts, and new ways to present dance music to the masses. I’m pleased we didn’t bite off more than we could chew. It took me 10 years to get HARD to what it became. Rome wasn’t built in a day. There has to be more of a reason to do this than just making money. I’d want to come see this event myself. That’s why I’m doing it,” Richards said.

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Original Article Created By Bianca Barragan

A new environmental assessment of the project planned for a parking lot and garage on Eighth Street between Hope and Grand in Downtown LA reveals a new look and an updated timeline for the project from Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc.

Older renderings of the Financial District project show it as a single rectangular block of units. New renderings, also by Gensler, show the design has been updated to include stepped-back levels that will allow “landscaped terraces” atop each new “tier” of the building.

Once proposed as 409 residential units and 7,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space, the project is now planned to hold 547 housing units, 7,500 square feet of restaurant space, and possibly a 37,000-square-foot charter school for kindergarten and grades first through fifth. The developer also has an option to add 33 housing units in lieu of the school.

The tower will be served by three floors of underground parking.

Project construction is now anticipated to occur over a 36-month period and wrap up in 2024.

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3 New Businesses Dtla Downtown LA

Original Article Created By Hoodline 

Interested in exploring the freshest new spots downtown? From a smoothie spot to a ramen restaurant, read on to see the newest spots to open for business in this Los Angeles neighborhood.

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies

419 W. Pico Blvd.

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Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies is a spot to score juice, smoothies and more.

This new business serves up healthy drinks and food, with items ranging from smoothies to fresh-squeezed juices to açai bowls. On the menu, look for the Queen of All Greens smoothie, with fresh kale, fresh spinach, pineapple, banana and apples, or the Cool Cucumber juice, with cucumber, apple and lemon ginger.

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies currently holds five stars out of six reviews on Yelp, indicating good reviews.

Yelper Nvard O., who reviewed Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies on April 28, wrote, “There are so many great juices on the menu. The place is so clean and the staff is amazing.”

Yelper Mary K. added, “I’ve been to many Robeks juice stores before, but never one like this! Aside from how yummy my strawberry/banana smoothie was, the place itself was so beautifully made.”

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies is open from 6 a.m.–8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on weekends.


801 S. Olive St., Suite B

Tocaya Dtla Downtown LA

Tocaya is a Mexican spot.

This new business provides modern Mexican cuisine. On the menu, expect to see items like the black bean and quinoa bowl; the Baja taco with shaved cabbage, sweet chipotle sauce, cilantro and vegan chipotle crema with a choice of protein; and the gluten-free burrito with Spanish cauliflower rice, black beans, peppers, jalapeño cabbage and vegan chipotle crema in a coconut and cassava flour tortilla.

Tocaya’s current Yelp rating of 3.5 stars out of 56 reviews indicates the newcomer is finding its way, but it’s still early days.

Yelper Melanie G., who reviewed Tocaya on April 25, wrote, “Wonderful healthy Mexican restaurant with plenty of options for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and pescetarians! They really can accommodate most dietary restrictions. The guacamole is an absolute must — order to share as an appetizer with their plantain chips.”

Yelper Vivian L. added, “The tacos were definitely good — small portions but quality ingredients nevertheless…I would definitely recommend the guacamole. It’s very fresh and they top it off with pomegranate seeds for an added twist. You can choose between regular tortilla or plantain chips. The agua frescas are also made with natural sugars so it is not too sugary tasting.”

Tocaya is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily.

Silverlake Ramen

615 S. Spring St.

Silverlake Ramen dtla

Silverlake Ramen is a spot to score ramen and more; this is the ramen spot’s fourth location.

Silverlake Ramen offers up ramen, rice bowls and appetizers, with menu items ranging from tonkotsu to spicy shoyu. Ramen diners may also choose pork, chicken or tofu to add to their dish, and the rice bowls include chicken karaage, spicy tuna and pork.

Silverlake Ramen’s current rating of 4.5 stars out of 52 reviews on Yelp indicates positive attention from users.

Yelper Travis H., who reviewed Silverlake Ramen on April 13, wrote, “Silverlake Ramen is really great! The staff is very friendly and this menu is very accommodating. It’s great if you’re feeling ‘noodle-y’ and the rice bowls are bomb. The food tastes awesome and they’re open late.”

Sean H. noted, “One of the best ramen experience ever! The staff is nice and courteous and the food is amazing. The Blaze is my favorite!”

Silverlake Ramen DTLA is open from 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2 a.m. on Friday, noon–2 a.m. on Saturday and noon–10 p.m. on Sunday.

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Original Article Created By Jovana Lara For ABC 7

Lots of skyscrapers with lots of elevators fill downtown Los Angeles, but have you ever checked whether the elevator permits are up to date?

“I cannot say that’s come up in my life,” Andrea Shapiro, from Tarzana, said. “I’m more concerned when I get in an elevator and it is really dirty. That bothers me a lot.”

Many elevators within the city of L.A. are way behind on their inspections. Some haven’t been inspected in more than a year.

L.A. is the only municipality in the state that inspects its own elevators. Officials say there are some 21,000 elevators to manage. You might be surprised to know that a whopping 9,000 elevators are now overdue for their annual inspections.

“I feel like that kind of explains why we end up waiting so long for the elevators,” Linh Hua, of Redondo Beach, suggested.

But that’s not quite right. According to Kim Arther, chief inspector with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, it’s up to building owners to maintain and repair elevators. But he confirms the city has been struggling with a backlog of inspections for at least two years. Among the reasons, he cites L.A.’s construction boom.

“As a result of that, there’s a lot of permitted inspections we need to make on the new elevators and conveyances inside these towers,” Arther explained. “So that added to the workload that the department already had for inspections.”

Arther said elevator technician staffing shortages have made matters worse, but a solution is in the works with the recent hiring of five new technicians.

“We’re training them now and hope to have them in the field by this summer to help reduce this backlog,” Arther said.

“Well, I don’t want to get trapped on an elevator anytime soon,” Shapiro pondered. “But I understand that everyone’s short-staffed right now, but certainly I’d like to see everything get caught up.”

Until then, Arther is assuring the public even elevators awaiting inspections are safe.

“Elevators are the safest way of transporting humans from one place to another, and our safety engineers have an exhaustive checklist to make sure all the safety mechanisms are in place,” Arther said.

Building and Safety officials say they plan to hire two additional elevator technicians and they hope to have a full staff of 22 engineers by the fall of 2020. Still, they want the public to know that if you’re ever concerned about the safety of any elevator, you should call 311 and a technician will be dispatched right away.

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Foot Patrols


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Dozens of downtown Los Angeles residents on Thursday demanded lawmakers increase the police presence in the area in response to assaults, drug sales and harassment in the area.

The DTLA Strong neighborhood group submitted a petition with more than 1,700 signatures to the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee requesting additional Los Angeles Police Department foot patrols on major streets and an analysis of crime downtown, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The request comes as the region grapples with an increased homeless population.

“Everyone living, working in, or visiting downtown has noticed the rapidly deteriorating conditions,” downtown resident Catherine Tomiczek told the committee. She said a friend was beaten and robbed on the street and a neighbor was stabbed in her building.

Councilman Paul Krekorian, who heads the committee, said he would request the information sought by the group. Major crimes downtown increased 6.7 percent this year compared with the same period in 2018, according to LAPD crime data through April 13.

Downtown workers and business owners said during the day-long meeting they feel less safe. Transportation planner Tyler Lindberg said he’s been assaulted, spat upon and threatened by random passersby.

“I know friends who can’t wait till their lease is up so they can move out of downtown,” he told the committee.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said the division that covers downtown has 414 sworn officers, up from 404 in 2016. He acknowledged that the area has seen an uptick in population, including many homeless.

“I don’t think downtown Los Angeles is getting less safe,” he told the Times. “I think that downtown Los Angeles, like much of the rest of the city, is in one of the safest times in its existence. However, there are still challenges … relative to homelessness, relative to street crime.”

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Original Article Credit: Leo Stallworth For ABC 7

A two-day celebration continued Saturday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles as the historic transit hub marked its 80th anniversary.

The iconic landmark officially opened its doors in 1939. Eight decades later, the station seemed downright spry as enthusiasts of train travel and L.A.’s history gathered to celebrate the milestone.

“This place is magical in so many regards,” said Kenneth Pratt, whose official title is deputy executive director but is informally known as the “mayor of Union Station.” “It’s an icon on a national basis for its architecture and things. But as a facility, this is a place that is a destination for Los Angelenos and we have people from all over the globe coming here.”

Pratt noted that more than 36 million travelers pass through the station each year.

The structure was originally built at a cost of $11 million. It was purchased by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2011 for $75 million.

Since then, some $48 million has been invested in restoration projects at the rail terminal.


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Union Station Traxx

Original Article Credit Mona Holmes For Eater LA

Union Station’s Art Deco-inspired Traxx closed fairly quietly on Monday. The restaurant was positioned in the main hallway of Union Station’s grand waiting room and stayed open for 22 years.

Traxx owner Tara Thomas opened the restaurant in 1997. And while there are plenty of casual or fast food eateries throughout Union Station, her biggest competition came from Imperial Western Beer Company, which opened last October. The behemoth brewery and restaurant has become a popular destination on the southern end of the transit hub with longer hours, a vast menu, and two bars.

The entire property is managed by LA Metro, which released a statement stating Traxx’s lease ends in September 2020. This could indicate that business was slow, as breaking a lease comes with a cost. As one of the few sit-down restaurants in a main part of Union Station, the Traxx space will likely remain vacant for a short spell.

Thomas’ former partner’s name might ring a bell. Real estate developer Ira Yellin is best known for his purchase and restoration of Grand Central Market. According to Downtown News, the two formed a partnership after Yellin approached Thomas to helm a new eatery in Union Station. Yellin passed away in 2002.

Traxx. 800 Alameda St #122, Downtown, CA

Original Article Credit Mona Holmes For Eater LA

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  • Sarah Lew
  • Alex Bratsos
  • Emma Bradford
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