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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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