LOS ANGELES: ediBOL now open in DTLA Arts District

The Asian fusion eatery ediBOL is NOW open in the Arts District, offering an artisanal array of what owner/chef Andrea Uyeda calls “BOLs” =  seasonally inspired, colorful food combinations in a bowl that, as promised, are “bursting with flavor” … big “composed” BOLs and small “mix n match” BOLs. There are Morning BOLs, Brunch BOLs, BOLbites, Hot/Cold BOLs, AddictaBOLs, CrumBOLs, drinkaBOLs, and even RefreshaBOLs.

The inspiration for ediBOL stems from Uyeda’s love of cooking, baking, design, architecture, exploration, and building true connections topped with her deep desire to create something special with others who also want to share and live their passions.

Located within the One Santa Fe complex, the 1,500-sq.-ft. contemporary casual café seats 50 inside with outside seating for 20 or more with its 1,200-sq.-ft. patio. Another patio is in the works, which will expand seating capacity by another 60 or 70 seats.

She says, “My earliest memories revolve around home-cooked Sunday dinners at my grandparents’ house in Boyle Heights where the entire extended family would gather to feast and share the week’s happenings.” (Her 99-year-old grandmother still lives in that same house.)

Uyeda is no newcomer to DTLA. Her café is just down the block from where she and her brother Jaret used to practice and perform taiko drums, and across the street where he later spent many sleepless nights as a student at SCI-Arc. Before it was built, she volunteered at the Japanese American National Museum to help transcribe wartime camp stories. Her grandmother still attends St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center located in the Arts District on Hewitt St., which was founded in 1912 and is the only parish in Los Angeles dedicated to Japanese Catholics. Her grandparents were the first couple to get married at the church when it was known as Maryknoll. Her dad’s side of the family (over 100 of them!) also attended grammar school at Maryknoll. In short, while ediBOL is new to the neighborhood, Uyeda has long been involved in Downtown and in what is now known as the Arts District.

Uyeda is no newcomer to the restaurant business, either. Every job she’s had since she was 13 years old has been in the hospitality industry. Most recently, she spent the past 18 years playing an integral role in the development, diversification, and growth of Border Grill. Prior to that, between completing a thesis on American Cultural Identity, attending classes taught by Toni Morrison, studying Netherlandish art, and building furniture in woodworking class at Princeton University, she worked at a neighborhood bakery/café and made time for her own cooking and baking while juggling a full-time academic schedule.

After a mind-blowing tastebud experience sampling just three of Uyeda’s multi-layered BOLs, I will definitely come back, especially after taking a glance at ediBOL’s brunch menu and spotting the cheddar buttermilk biscuit with soft scrambled eggs. GO! Uyeda offers a seasonally inspired menu as colorful as her rainbow-hued hair and as varied as her rich life experiences. ~ Melissa Richardson Banks

Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8-11am
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am to 3pm
Lunch & Dinner: lunch 11am to 5pm daily and dinner Sun-Thu 5-9pm and Fri-Sat 5-11pm

300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste. Q
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 292-6466 • info@ediBOL.com

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FEATURED: Arts District in Today’s Los Angeles Times

Here’s a link to today’s article in the Los Angeles Times by Marisa Gerber (and featuring photographs by Arts District resident Jabin Botsford). For the record, “worrisome” I am not, as noted in the headline — “hopeful” is how I feel about the changes in my beloved Arts District neighborhood. I also feel “empowered” as, like many others, I have found myself working more and more in collaborative ways that help unite our community to help guide and affect positive change.

In my opinion, the types of “arts” in the Arts District are simply shifting … the artists who remain or who are attracted to our area today are using different artistic media to create their work than in years past. Instead of fine artists whose paintings and sculptures are made, sold in art galleries, and/or on view in museums, instead there are more creative professionals here who are graphic designers, filmmakers, interior designers, chefs, fashion designers, furniture makers, and the like. It is important to note that, unlike years past, the Arts District is finally getting a critical mass of art galleries … actually, most of that growth is happening SOUTH of our official boundaries beyond 7th Street (click HERE for a current list).

While musicians, photographers, and actors remain, it is those fine artists in need of larger space and lots of light to make their art who are moving or no longer here. Am I sad that they need to move? Yes. Will the neighborhood survive? Yes, but it will be a different place that is not necessarily better or worse. Change is good, and no matter if you leave or stay, it shakes our personal snowglobe worlds and often settles us in a better place, literally or figuratively.

What has been is now gone, and what is here now is transforming so rapidly that I can’t keep up, but I’m happy to try. As I’ve said before, it’s not that I’m longing for the past; rather, I’m appreciating the present and hoping for a positive future.

LOS ANGELES: Apolis Co-Founder and Wife to Open Alchemy Works

Alchemy WorksApolis co-founder and creative director Raan Parton is opening a new retail storefront in the Arts District with his wife Lindsay Parton later this fall. Separate from the successful Apolis brand created by Raan and his brother Shea Parton (together, the siblings created and continue to run the internationally known collection of men’s apparel, luggage, accessories, and home goods), the husband-wife team of Alchemy Works plans to offer similar quality brands that complement, but do not include, the stylish family line.

In addition to menswear, the Parton couple’s “lifestyle gallery” will sell women’s clothing and shoes, photography, vintage collectibles, home décor, and hard-to-find unusual items. Once opened (expected sometime in mid to late November), the store’s operating hours are planned for Monday through Sunday from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Alchemy Works is located on 3rd St. across the street from Guerilla Atelier and just east of Apolis, Poketo, and Wurstküche near Traction Ave. (NOTE: The newly opened organic beverages company CAN CAN Cleanse also shares space in the recently revamped 826. E. 3rd St. building, along with soon-to-be-relocated corporate offices for Wurstküche. In addition, down the street from Alchemy Works, luxury handcrafted home goods company MATTEO seems to be getting ready to reopen its showroom at 912 E. 3rd St.)

For updates about the store and announcements about its opening date, be sure to “like” Alchemy Works on its Facebook Page!

Alchemy Works
826 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

LOS ANGELES: L.A. Conservancy Selects Arts District for Annual Fall Tour

The Los Angeles Conservancy has selected the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles as the featured neighborhood of its annual one-time-only fall tour on Sunday, November 10, 10 AM to 4 PM. This year’s history and architecture tour will also include an first-ever bicycling component curated by Melissa Richardson Banks aka Downtown Muse to supplement the traditional walking format.


Citizens Warehouse, 2013. © Photo: Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

One of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, the Arts District offers unique industrial architecture, and because of its artistic identity, allows tour goers the chance to see artists in their creative spaces. (NOTE: Artists A.S. Ashley and David Hollen in the 810 E. 3rd St. loft building are among those whose studios will be open for the tour. Stay tuned here for updates! If you are an artist who lives and works in the Arts District, click HERE to send me an email if your studio is open that day.)

According to Sarah Weber, the Conservancy’s Director of Education, the focus of the event is to highlight the history of the neighborhood and its current transformation today, demonstrating the way industrial buildings have been re-used and adapted to meet changing needs over time. Recently, the Conservancy has been working in the Arts District in its advocacy efforts with James K. Pickle Works Building (also known as the Citizens Warehouse), the exterior of which is included in the tour.

The tour is ticketed, includes volunteers and docents to help interpret designated buildings, and offers scripted tour booklets, self-guided walking guides, and of course, the bicycling option curated by Downtown Muse.

Sunday, November 10
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tickets go on sale the week of October 7.
$30 Conservancy Members :: $35 General Public
$15 Students :: $10 Children 12 and under

For updates and to buy tickets (after October 7), visit the Los Angeles Conservancy website.

TOUR SITES (subject to change)


Like most of the Conservancy’s one-time-only spring and fall tours, the tour is self-paced. Attendees can visit as many of the tour sites as they’d like (or can) during the designated hours. At certain sites, Conservancy docents will be on hand to provide interpretation and mini-tours. Along the way, tour goers can explore shops, galleries, and eateries in the area on their own. The event is a collection of docent-led tours, not a bus tour. Attendees park and check in at one of two pre-designated locations, then walk (or bike) to the tour sites nearby. Cars may have to be re-parked once during the tour. Seeing all sites will take about 4-5 hours. Photography may be limited in some interiors. The Arts District is a bike-friendly neighborhood (and encompasses a 52-block area), so attendees are encouraged to ride bicycles!

~ COVER PHOTO: Purple tree and street art on 2nd St. near Challenge Creamery building © Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

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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

© Photo by Downtown Muse: Fellow semi-finalists for “Best Tumblr” representing Downtown Los Angeles — Nic Cha Kim of Niche.LA Video Art and Melissa Richardson Banks of Downtown Muse

#LAWebAwards: 2013 Winners List
by LA Weekly, August 28, 2013

” … Best Tumblr: Downtown Muse …”Great artists have flocked to Tumblr to share their work for the digital world to see,” our judge writes. “Unfortunately, those creative minds usually forget about Tumblr within a few weeks after creating it. That’s why Melissa Richardson Banks’ online anthology of downtown Los Angeles’ Art District, Downtown Muse, is such a treat. Banks shares her fly-on-the-wall view of street scenes and local stories a couple times a day. Every day. And if you want to get the offline experience of her Tumblr, she offers free neighborhood tours weekly …”

Arts District Neighborhood Walk
by Editor Dan Evans, August 22, 2013

“… put together by Scot Ezzell and Melissa Richardson Banks, this was yet another walk that made me (yet again) so happy to be living in this neighborhood …”

Martha Stewart American Made 2013 Audience Choice Awards: Nominee C.C. Boyce of Few Bits
by Martha Stewart American Made, August 26, 2013

Vote for Arts District resident and über-talented woodworker C.C. Boyce. You can vote SIX times now through September 13, 2013 — keep clicking so she can win some money to start a shop.

” … ‘I am a woodworker who makes modern home goods out of scraps. I also produced a comedic webseries to get more people interested in woodworking,’ says C.C. Boyce …”

Road trip to Wall Streets paints a portrait that’s uniquely California
by Donna Evans, Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2013

“… Think of Wall Street and images of lower Manhattan and harried day-traders may spring to mind. You probably don’t envision a 79-year-old man draining a Budweiser at 9 a.m., or an oversized rebel flag flapping atop a convertible Jeep. Welcome to Wall Street, Calif. My husband, Dan Evans, and I set out to photograph the various Wall Streets in the state …”

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

” … [owner] John Secretan said this week … at Zinc Café & Market at 580 Mateo St … a graffiti-adorned wall that runs along Willow Street will remain a changeable wall …”

The Lost Victorian Mansions of Downtown LA
by MessyNessy, July 25, 2013

“… Downtown LA does have history, it’s just buried under gleaming high-rise office blocks and strip malls …”

NOTE: Most of the historic photos in above’s MessyNessy story about lost Victorian mansions are by entertainer-turned-photographer George Mann … be sure to read more about him. ~ MRB

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Did you catch these stories about the Arts District and some of our residents and businesses? Some old, some new … I love discovering more about our neighborhood. Got anything to share? ~ #MRB

Featured Photo: Steve Grody at his studio in downtown Los Angeles. © William Anthony

Steve Grody: Beyond the Surface
by William Anthony, WM.A Photography, August 22, 2013

“… If there ever was an Indiana Jones of graffiti, it’s Steve. Instead of avoiding anacondas and rolling boulders, Steve ventures into decrepit neighborhoods and abandoned buildings to document the urban hieroglyphs we know simply as graffiti …”

Graffiti Beyond the Surface: Steve Grody at TEDxSitka
by Steve Grody, videotaped live at TEDxSitka, August 21, 2013

“… When Grody saw spray can murals popping up around Los Angeles, he immediately recognized their creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across L.A., exploring its back alleys, washes and abandoned lots in search of graffiti. Over the years he has cultivated trust among L.A.’s most prolific, skilled and infamous graffiti ‘writers,’ allowing him access to obscure locations …”

Zinc Cafe & Market Looking at Fall Debut in Arts District
by Kat Odell, Eater LA, August 22, 2013

“… Zinc Cafe & Market, a cutesy eatery and retail shop … is looking to open right by Handsome Coffee in the Arts District this fall … Management just acquired a full 47 license to serve booze, in addition to a permit enabling the sale of beer and wine to go …”

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

“… 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. Members of the rival Arts District Community Council Los Angeles agree that “clean and safe” are top priorities for the area …”

Guerilla Atelier Brings Lux Designer Fashion to Arts District in Downtown LA
by Brigham Yen, August 19, 2013

“… What started out as a pop-up store in the Arts District testing the downtown market, Guerilla Atelier has done so well, it is now here to stay permanently …”

Los Angeles Neighborhood Tries to Change, but Avoid the Pitfalls
by Jennifer Medina, New York Times, August 17, 2013

“… Gentrify? No! Gentefy? Sí!: In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights [DM NOTE: sister neighborhood of the Arts District!], young Latinos are trying to stave off gentrification with what they call ‘gentefication’ by opening their own hip businesses …”

Downtown Los Angeles’ Biscuit Company Lofts Attract A-Listers
by Whitney Friedlander, Variety.com, August 2, 2013

“… Constructed in 1925 and restored in 2006, the Biscuit Company Lofts above the restaurant Church & State on Industrial Street is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has served as home to several life-work spaces — including Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods. and Justin Lin’s production company, Perfect Storm …”

Angel City Brewery: Craft Beer Resurrection Gets its Wings in Heart of Los Angeles
by Good Beer Hunting, July 1, 2013

“… After lying dormant for some time, Alan Newman and the Alchemy & Science division of Boston Beer Co. (the makers of Sam Adams) bought the Angel City brewery — the brand, the building, the brewing equipment — all of it. With many of the traditional Sam Adam’s markets flat-lining against newer, more ambitious craft offerings, Boston Beer Co. has been making numerous investments. Sam Adams looks for new markets while the Alchemy & Science team is devoted to continued experimentation both in product and acquisitions …”

Eleven Madison Park chef comes to Ink, offers glimpse of new downtown restaurant
Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2013

“… The neighborhood on the eastern edge of downtown’s Arts District, already home to Church & State, Bestia and Bread Lounge, is attracting another restaurant newcomer. Come late summer, the hospitality group behind the Churchill, the Hudson and Clover will open a new restaurant at 7th and Santa Fe in the building that once was a loading dock for food company Heinz …”

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Did you catch these stories about the Arts District and some of our residents and businesses? Some old, some new … I love discovering write-ups about our neighborhood. Got any to share? ~ #MRB

Featured Photo: Nadia Geller Designs

Designer Nadia Geller opens studio and market in downtown Arts District
By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2013

” … After years spent decorating more than 20 lofts in the downtown Arts District, interior designer Nadia Geller said she grew frustrated with the trendy neighborhood. “It was missing a homey, eclectic shop …”

Nadia Geller Designs Studio & Market
1807 E. 7th St., Ste. B
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(323) 654-0589

Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival Celebrates Globally Beloved Dish with Top L.A. Chefs
by Joshua Lurie, Food GPS, August 14, 2013

“…This chef-driven, all-inclusive event spotlights one of the world’s best loved and most versatile dishes in a fashionable industrial setting. Eleven of L.A.’s best chefs will allow guests to enjoy multiple styles of fried chicken at their own pace, along with side dishes, desserts, craft beer, and cocktails …”

Urban Radish Market Opens Downtown
Daily Candy, August 13, 2013

“… you’d have a better chance locating a needle in one of those proverbial haystacks than finding a grocery store worth its salt. Until Urban Radish sprouted up. The new, 6,000-square-foot marketplace is a foodie’s paradise …”

Urban Radish
661 Imperial St., between 7th and Jesse (parallel to Santa Fe & Mateo streets)
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 892-1570

Verve Coffee Roasters Next Headed to Los Angeles
by Kat Odell, Eater LA, August 12, 2013

“…Los Angeles has no shortage of specialty coffee bars from east side to west, and in addition to Stumptown shacking up in the Arts District downtown, Santa Cruz’s Verve Coffee Roasters is also en route. LA Weekly relays news that Verve has signed a lease in LA and will open a cafe, roastery, and retail shop …”

Grand Opening Ceremony Aug. 17 for Urban Radish
by Downtown News, August 9, 2013

“… The Arts District’s Urban Radish opened July 4 with an Independence Day celebration. Area denizens celebrated just having a small grocery store within walking distance. Now, the 8,200-square-foot market at 660 Mateo St. is ready for its official debut: A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 17 …”

A Bridge to the Future: L.A.’s Iconic Sixth Street Bridge to be Replaced
by Yazmin Nunez, Boyle Heights Beat, July 30, 2013

“… HNTB wants the bridge to do more than just connect Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles. The architectural firm also wants to connect the Eastside to the rest of the city and ‘not just provide a connection from east to west, but probably go from below to above and bring these two communities together’…”

What’s in My Loft?: Eric Lynxwiler & Phil McKinley, Molino Lofts
by Kathryn Maese, Downtown News, August 6, 2007

“… We’ve got a collection of neon signs, which I can take the credit for. I’m not ashamed of dumpster diving nor getting my hands dirty to save a sign that’s threatened by a wrecker’s ball …”

Development We Applaud: Paul Solomon
By Developer Alert, 2006

“… Paul Solomon quit his job as a real estate attorney to pursue a dream of redeveloping obsolete factory buildings in downtown Los Angeles (an area that is now being called the Arts District) …”

LOS ANGELES: Residents Appointed to 6th Street Bridge Public Arts Advisory Committee

Five Angelenos were nominated by Councilmember Jose Huizar and appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) for the new Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement project. Representing the Arts District, Downtown Muse‘s Melissa Richardson Banks of CauseConnect and Tim Keating of LARABA, HCNC and LADADspace will work with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and help guide the development of community standards for future public art projects related to the bridge. Other PAAC members include Anne Bray of Freewaves, Abe Flores of Arts for L.A., and Edward Padilla of CASA 0101.

Three other Arts District stakeholders — Yuval Bar-Zemer of Linear City, Jonathan Jerald of LARABA & LADADspace, and Eric Owen Moss of SCI-Arc — are among the nine community members serving separately on the bridge’s Design Aesthetic Advisory Committee (DAAC). Since 2012, the DAAC has worked to provide input on bridge aesthetics, associated roadways, and gateway elements.

For a full list of DAAC members and to keep informed in general, visit the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project’s website.

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Did you catch these stories about the Arts District and some of our residents and businesses that I discovered recently. Did I miss any? What did you think about these? Let me know! ~ MRB

© Photo: “C.C. Boyce of Few Bits” by Melissa Richardson Banks | Downtown Muse

27 Colorful Snaps From the Downtown Flea’s Epic Debut
by Natalie Alcala, Racked L.A., July 29, 2013

“…DTLA’s new monthly flea market officially launched this past weekend in the Historic Core … jam-packed event … stacked with vibrantly-hued vendors [some from the Arts District, including C.C. Boyce of Few Bits], LA-made treasures and a whole lot of fashion trucks …”

What’s in My Loft?: C.C. Boyce and Adrian Phillips, Biscuit Company Lofts
by Downtown News, July 29, 2013

“… C.C. Boyce has lived in various buildings in Downtown over the past 11 years, but the Biscuit Company Lofts unit she and her husband Adrian Phillips moved into last year is her favorite. They were in the Toy Factory Lofts across the street, but relocated for the bigger pool, two parking spaces and an outdoor garden where they could grow vegetables …”

Architect John Parkinson built for Los Angeles’ growing metropolis
By Liesl Bradner, Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2013

“… If you stand on the corner of 4th and Spring streets in downtown, it’s possible to view sections of at least 12 buildings designed by John Parkinson: the Los Angeles Theatre Center (formerly Security National Bank), the Title Insurance building and the city’s first palatial hotel, the Spanish Renaissance-style Alexandria Hotel, to name a few …”

New Italian Restaurant Coming to Arts District
by Downtown News, July 24, 2013

“… Matteo Ferdinandi, who in 2008 partnered with chef Celestino Drago to open the 9,500-square-foot Drago Centro, is working on a new project called The Factory Kitchen, a 3,000-square-foot Italian restaurant set to open in late September …”

Life After Close of Arts District BID in DTLA… Is It Time to Pack-Up My Louboutins?
by The Fashionista’s BlackBook, June 14, 2013

“… As a resident of Downtown Los Angeles, I was dumbfounded when Judge Robert H. O’Brien ordered Arts District Business Improvement District to dissolve last month, citing that the BID spent tax money that didn’t benefit all property owners in the area. It was one of those “huh?” moments where the letters of the law quite hasn’t caught up to the realities of our community … Although many in DTLA claim that our community is the west coast version of New York City, we still have a very long way to go…

High Fashion in the Arts District: 12345
by Kyle Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles: I’m Yours, January 22, 2013

“… You could almost miss the store, though. Aside from a giant white square with the numbers 12345, something easily confused for a street address, you would probably pass by the space. There is a mirrored window with a white circle in the middle of it, a little mark requesting for your inspection: it’s a peep hole into the store … What is this place? That’s 12345. The collection of clothing is positioned as upper mid-level clothes …”

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Here are some stories that feature or mention the Arts District that I discovered recently. What are your thoughts about these? What news have you seen online or in print recently about the Arts District? Did I miss any? Let me know!

Featured Photo of Monique Wallis at Eat.Drink.Americano by Kimberly Genevieve for designlovefest, © 2013

Rumor Mill: London’s Soho House Looking to Open in Downtown LA Arts District
by Brigham Yen, DTLA Rising, July 25, 2013

“… The private membership club ‘for those in film, media, and creative industries’ is rumored to be looking at a couple different sites in the creative heart of the Arts District: one near Bestia and a more serious contender at 405 Mateo, which is a gorgeous but vacant 5-story industrial edifice at the junction of the 4th Street Bridge and the Molino Street Lofts …”

L.A. River advocates wait for watershed Army Corps study
by Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2013

“… [L.A. River Revitalization Corp. wants] to complete a continuous bike path and greenway along all 51 miles of the river, extending from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, by 2020 … advocates for the river … argue that federal investment will complement major infrastructure and design projects … [including] a $400-million replacement for the 6th Street Bridge [in the Arts District], expected to open in 2019 with substantial new park space along and near the river; and the expansion of bike paths around the city …”

Eat Drink Americano / Downtown LA
by Kimberly Genevieve, designlovefest, July 23, 2013

“…one of the coolest things about eat drink americano is the decor. it has a very rustic vibe. the food is served on wood boards, they have an enormous chalkboard wall with impressive typography, mismatched chairs and couches create unique vignettes…”

Los Angeles Primer: The Arts District
by Colin Marshall, KCET Departures, July 9, 2013

“… Call it cynicism if you must, but if I went to someplace called the “Arts District” in most North American cities, I wouldn’t necessarily expect to find art; in most cases, I’d expect to find nothing at all. The name smacks of official desperation …”

LA’s Legendary Punk/Alternative Club Al’s is Now a Yoga Studio
by Adrian Glick Kudler, Curbed LA, June 20, 2013

“…Westside Rentals owner Mark Verge has just bought the American single-resident occupancy apartment building and [according to the Los Angeles Times] … ‘has long-range plans to upgrade apartment units in the building and put a Westside Rentals office in as part of the American office’…”

For Regional Connector, Metro Wants Things to Go Bump in the Night
by Ryan Vaillancourt, Downtown News, June 7, 2013

“…Essentially, the agency is asking for the right to do construction seven days per week, 24 hours per day … on First Street, between Alameda and Hewitt streets …”

5 Best Places to Eat in the Downtown Arts District
by Christine Chiao, LA Weekly, May 2, 2013

“… Clustered in pairs or trios, newer restaurants, bars and cafés have cropped up in the Arts District in the past five years or so, reflecting the forward trajectory of a city accustomed to fashioning function from old spaces and form at new locations …”

Oh God, is the Arts District Going to Be the Next Meatpacking District?
by Adrian Glick Kudler, Curbed LA, January 21, 2013

“…Uh oh, the Arts District “is drawing favorable comparisons to New York’s meatpacking district,” according to the LA Times…”