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Just in time for weekend reading: a collection of stories about Arts District and by or featuring its residents and businesses — some old, some new. Got anything to share? ~ #MRB

Lowe Enterprises and Megatoys Start Construction of Apartment Development in Los Angeles’ Arts District
by Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2013

” … The property will have a wealth of amenity spaces and outdoor common areas. Four courtyards, three on the western side of the property, landscaped with native and drought tolerant plants, will provide relaxing spaces for reading or recreation and great views of downtown. One will be dedicated solely for the pets in the community. The fourth and largest courtyard will be on the eastern side with a resort-style pool, spa and sundeck with grilling areas, fire pits and an outdoor lounge. The adjacent club room will be available for parties with a warming kitchen, cozy seating and a separate game room. Interiors are designed with an eclectic mix of vintage and modern elements to mirror the authenticity of the Arts District. In addition, a rooftop deck will offer a vast and comfortable area to enjoy expansive views of Los Angeles. Residents will have on-site, below grade parking and a large bicycle storage area and maintenance workshop …”

Two vacant L.A. warehouses to be replaced with mixed-use complex
by Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2013

… The Megatoys property on Garey Street in the arts district will be demolished to make way for two five-story buildings with 320 apartments, shops and restaurants …

Apliiq Challenges Mass Produced Fashion with Customizable Headwear that’s Made Just for You
by Digital Journal, September 23, 2013

… Nestled in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles there’s a bustling workshop churning out customized apparel with hundreds of unique fabrics sourced from all over the globe … has sold custom hoodies, tees, dresses, jackets and bags since 2008 and the company has just expanded its offering to include custom 5 panel camper and traditional snapback caps …

Sunday Farmers Market Coming to Arts District
by Downtown News, September 20, 2013

… The Sunset Silverlake Charitable Foundation is opening an Arts District Farmers Market. Organization director Micheal McKinley, who has run the Silver Lake Farmers Market for 14 years, will debut the Arts District market on Sunday, Oct. 6, on Garey between Second and Third streets …

Article connects homeless street comic with long-lost photos
by Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2013

… [reporter Catherine] Saillant wrote last week about Fernando Anglero, who lives on the streets in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District … after her article was published, she received an email from a stockbroker in the Fairfax District who had his own story about Anglero … [who] had left a photo album behind, and the stockbroker had kept it all these years, hoping to be able to return it. …

Homeless man markets himself as street comic using social media
by Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2013

… Fernando Anglero is known for his off-color, funny signs. To promote his ‘cardboard comedy,’ he has a website, a Facebook page and a personal hashtag …

Unique LA’s Founder to Open Massive Creative Space in DTLA
by Racked LA, September 9, 2013

… After spending over a year hunting for the perfect location, The Unique Space is slated to open in a 100-year-old, two-story, 18,000 square foot building at 1275 6th Street next month. Rasula needs your help completing renovations on what’s set to become LA’s premiere think tank for art stars, designers and overall game-changers …

L’Shana Tova: It’s a New Year…Ready to Build a New Los Angeles?
by City Watch, September 6, 2013

… An excellent article by new LA Times transportation writer Laura Nelson describes the problems with a lack of parking and access to American Apparel and the up-and-coming Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles …

Parking, transit fail to keep pace with up-and-coming Arts District
by Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2013

… Metro’s downtown regional connector, due to open in 2020, will have a stop at 1st Street and Central Avenue. Residents say the neighborhood needs something closer, and sooner. Some have suggested a bus line along a north-south backbone, such as Santa Fe Avenue or Alameda. Under a policy that encourages growth in less-developed areas, many Arts district businesses aren’t required to provide parking …

A New Café, With a Changing Urban Canvas, Coming to Arts District
by Downtown News, August 30, 2013

… Zinc Café will feature a graffiti wall and full bar. Owner John Secretan plans to open by January 2014 …

In Arts District, Two Groups Battle to Replace Disbanded Business Improvement District
by Downtown News, August 20, 2013

… two opposing factions of property owners and developers are racing to create a successor to the BID. One group, Arts District Los Angeles, touts “Bring Back Blue” as its motto, indicating the importance of returning the bicycle safety patrols to the neighborhood, said Dilip Bhavnani, a member of the group’s steering committee. Members of the rival effort, the Arts District Community Council Los Angeles, agree that “clean and safe” are top priorities for the area loosely bordered by Alameda, First and Seventh streets and the Los Angeles River …

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RECAP: The A.D. in the News – Week of 7/9

Increasingly, the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is gaining popularity, both by the public and local media. Here are some key stories you may have missed this week about our neighborhood. What are your thoughts about these?

@ Photo: Melissa Richardson Banks | Downtown Muse

@ Photo: Melissa Richardson Banks | Downtown Muse

“Downtown L.A.’s ‘mural mayor’ Daniel Lahoda draws praise, controversy” by Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times

“… He’s also known to many as “the guy who gets the walls” for artists. Through his LA Freewalls project, [Daniel] Lahoda brokers deals between businesses and street artists, offering building owners new murals to cover up unwanted graffiti and securing wall canvases for artists. The project has resulted in more than 120 new murals, mostly in downtown L.A.’s Arts District, by some of the world’s leading street artists, among them Shepard Fairey, French artist JR and SEEN…”

CLICK HERE to view an online interactive map that shows some of the murals in the Arts District from Lahoda’s L.A. Freewalls project.

[DOWNTOWN MUSE NOTE: Regardless of any controversy, real or imagined, the visually compelling and colorful results of the work by artists supported by the efforts of Daniel Lahoda speaks for itself.]

© Photo by Colin Marshall

© Photo: Colin Marshall

“A Los Angeles Primer: The Arts District” by Colin Marshall, KCET Departures

“… in Los Angeles’ Arts District, something has actually happened, and, more to the point, continues to happen … Even at the moment, though, several features mark the Arts District as distinctive. Most obviously, it lives up to its name with an almost comic literalness by offering at least one mural to look at from most anyplace you happen to stand.”

[DOWNTOWN MUSE NOTE: Thank you to those countless artists who have created the bold outdoor imagery found throughout the Arts District over the years. Special thanks to Daniel Lahoda of LA Freewalls and LALA Gallery who has remained steadfast in his work, regardless of swirling rumors, to successfully secure walls and help artists produce major art projects in the neighborhood since 2011.]

Mary Ann de Lares Norris at Oblong Industries in downtown L.A. Photo by Ringo Chiu

Oblong Industries rep  © Photo: Ringo Chiu

“True Grit: Tech Firms Connect with Downtown Arts District” by Natalie Jarvey, Los Angeles Business Journal

“… Today, the neighborhood is brimming with local denizens who shop at hip boutiques and dine at trendy restaurants. The activity has attracted a cluster of technology companies looking for a less polished alternative to Silicon Beach … Many businesses complain about the lack of parking for employees, especially as restaurants open up and draw car-driving customers from outside the area … converted warehouses were never meant to house more than a handful of workers at any one time. Parking becomes a problem when tech companies take over those spaces and fill them with desks.”

[DOWNTOWN MUSE NOTE: Oblong Industries has quietly housed its offices in my building since 2007. Like others in the Arts District, there are numerous businesses in the area that maintain a low public profile of their presence here.]

Chaz Christianson and Carolyn Paxton © Photo: Gary Leonard

Chaz Christianson and Carolyn Paxton © Photo: Gary Leonard

“Arts District Grocery Store Urban Radish to Open This Week” by Richard Guzmán, Los Angeles Downtown News

“… the 8,200-square-foot grocery store on Mateo Street … is an eagerly anticipated addition to a quickly changing neighborhood that has seen an influx of restaurants and coffee shops … What people are going to find is a full-range grocery store of products they would look for in a Ralphs, a Whole Foods … The difference is in the types of quality and the products.”

[DOWNTOWN MUSE NOTE: Urban Radish offers single-origin coffee roasted by a micro-roaster that sells for only $2 per large cup. All items in the grocer’s selections indicate a true commitment to quality, artisanal products and small-batch producers while attending to the needs and interests of local residents.]

HONORABLE MENTIONS: A.D. Residents & Businesses in the News
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