The beautiful historic Rialto Theatre neon marquee was relit tonight as Urban Outfitters prepares for a grand opening on Dec 19, 2013 (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)
Behold! The most beautiful sight to see in all of Downtown LA: The historic 1917 Rialto Theatre neon marquee — dark for numerous decades due to sad urban decay — was relit tonight after successful restoration work by Urban Outfitters as the clothing retailer prepares for a grand opening on December 19, 2013. Readers of DTLA Rising sent in numerous photos from various angles showing the amazing restoration of the historic theater signage now brightly lit with neon tubes illuminating the block near 8th and Broadway. Truly a beacon of hope for the future of Broadway and the growing strength of Downtown LA urban revitalization.
More cool shots below!
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Downtown LA snags two new office leases including the SEC and the new West Coast anchor office for engineering consulting firm Buro Happold
Downtown LA scores two new office leases including the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and engineering consulting firm Buro Happold. That’s good news as we all know the more companies and jobs that move to Downtown LA, the stronger the Downtown LA economy will be overall. For instance, downtown office workers play a significant economic part when they spend their earned dollars locally at restaurants and retail stores, or even better, decide to rent/buy real estate downtown becoming actual residents and fulfilling the “live, work, and play” motto.
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Pret A Manger currently has U.S. locations in NYC, DC, Boston, and Chicago as seen above their Michigan Ave location
So while I was in Chicago last week for the ULI conference panel, I just had to stop by Pret A Manger for lunch, which is a healthy fast food concept (originally from the United Kingdom) offering delicious freshly made sandwiches including their own branded kettle chips and yummy fizzy carbonated drinks. While I was there, I asked the manager if Pret A Manger was ever coming to Los Angeles (because I want you guys so bad!). The manager provided some interesting tidbits that could be good news for Pret fans like myself.
The new patio in front of Crepes San Frontieres sets a new design precedent for the future of the Broadway-Spring Arcade once more eateries begin to open up
There’s a lot of exciting changes coming to the historic 1924 Broadway-Spring Arcade Building in the near future. Some really exciting new eateries will be opening next year inside the arcade including: Royal Clayton’s, Guisados, and Gelateria Uli. The first sign of definitive change came last year when Famima (the Japanese convenience store) opened their sixth downtown location on the Broadway side of the arcade signaling a new direction away from swap meets and discount electronic stores. Now the first restaurant to open inside the arcade, Crepes Sans Frontieres, gives us a glimpse into the future with more eateries on the way.
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A new vantage point revealed in this rendering of the Hope Street side with an updated Sheraton Hotel entrance
Feast your eyes on the newest renderings of the exciting $160 million makeover of The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza) located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District bounded by bustling 7th Street, Flower and Hope, as well as 8th Street to the south. The 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project will be transformed from the current eye-sore, brick fortress into an updated, modern commercial hub of 400,000 sf of retail, 750,000 sf office, and a $40 million updated 485-room Sheraton Hotel that will contribute significantly to the unprecedented urban revitalization happening in Downtown LA.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will join ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), for Transit Oriented L.A., a long-anticipated summit exploring how to dramatically improve transportation corridors. With interactive panel presentations from nationally recognized speakers, Transit Oriented L.A. – or ToLA– will expand the traditional emphasis on individual transit stations to a bold transformation of corridors to achieve a truly transit-oriented Los Angeles.
ToLA is Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90012.
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Two very exciting retailers, Tanner Goods and Aesop, will take up the corner of the beautiful art deco Ninth and Broadway building in Downtown LA
Ninth and Broadway is on fire! I have confirmed with ANJAC, the downtown-based entity that owns the gorgeous art deco Ninth and Broadway historic edifice, that the two corner retail spaces on the ground floor (next door to UMAMIcatessen) have been successfully leased out to two very exciting retailers. The space directly at the corner of 9th and Broadway, where a check cashing center used to be, will become a beautiful new Aésop cosmetics store. The space adjacent to Aésop will become Tanner Goods, which is a high-end apparel store from Portland, Oregon. Both spaces are just over 1,000 square feet each.
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Blends, the hyper-trendy sneaker and apparel boutique at 4th and Main, is relocating to the Fashion District into a commercial loft space (seen on the left)
Blends store near 4th and Main in the Old Bank District is a hyper-trendy boutique selling the latest sneakers and apparel including Comme des Garçons. The shop, on the ground floor of the Banco Popular building, is one of the first pioneering retailers to open downtown in 2006. It’s also the first business that I recruited first-hand to Downtown LA when I began my downtown career in 2004 at the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (say that three times fast). I met the owner of Blends store, Tak, at The Lab in Costa Mesa, which is a supposed “anti-mall” designed to “look urban” stuck in an ocean of Orange County suburbia. I convinced Tak that Downtown LA — with its truly authentic urban setting — would be a perfect fit for his store. We eventually found him the spot near 4th and Main, and the rest is history.
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New renderings of The Bloc Downtown were released today showing a completely transformed retail center for the complex once known as Macy’s Plaza (Photo: The Bloc Downtown)
Everyone wants more retail options in Downtown LA. And more retail options we shall get. One of the most exciting redevelopment projects in Downtown LA will be the complete overhaul of Macy’s Plaza, which includes 2.4 million square feet of commercial space comprising a mix of retail, hotel, and office. The new $160 million makeover of Macy’s Plaza will be renamed The Bloc and will be redeveloped by its new owner The Ratkovich Company (they acquired the property back in May 2013 for $241 million).
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A rendering of Pershing Square reimagined as open and transparent (Photo: Gensler / Nephew)
Okay, it’s a complete coincidence that after posting yesterday about redeveloping/redesigning Pershing Square (using SF Union Square as a model) that Councilman Jose Huizar announced this morning at the Gensler office downtown that a new 21-member task force was put together to help re-envision and re-imagine the future of Pershing Square. Perhaps the stars are finally aligning? Some of the members (listed below) are property owners surrounding Pershing Square who obviously would like to see the immediate surroundings improved. Remember: A beautiful and successfully activated Pershing Square of the future will benefit the nearby building stock tremendously, raising property values. A conceptual video was also released by Gensler highlighting some ideas for Pershing Square that you can watch here.
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The parallels between San Francisco’s Union Square and Los Angeles’ Pershing Square are pretty astounding. On the surface it’s hard to believe, but they are essentially twins living two separate lives 337 miles apart but following almost identical historical paths, faced with similar challenges, and playing similar roles in their respective city centers. SF’s Union Square, however, is about two decades ahead of LA’s Pershing Square. As a result, visiting Union Square is really like looking into a crystal ball and gazing into what the future of Pershing Square could become, which is a much better and prettier version of its current ugly self. Unlocking the immense potential surrounding Pershing Square will depend heavily on the right kind of redevelopment and redesign efforts focused on the square itself. In other words, making Pershing Square into a beautiful public space where everyone wants to be will naturally raise the value of all buildings surrounding the square nearby, and as a result, transform the area into a viable and vibrant commercial district akin to Union Square.
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Notebook on Cities and Culture: “Prada and Fallas-Paredes with Brigham Yen”
Colin Marshall walks through downtown Los Angeles with Brigham Yen, Realtor and author of the urban renaissance blog DTLA Rising. They discuss the sort of neighborhood that can rise from nothing, and whether Los Angeles’ downtown has come back from a deeper state of nothingness than other downtowns; the “bones” of a city’s center, and how Los Angeles’ have remained sound through all its problems; the late introduction of public space here; his car-centric youth in the San Gabriel Valley suburbs, and how going to San Francisco for school changed everything; the enduring “obesity” of Los Angeles’ streets, even as it has become the fastest-changing city in America; in what order transit, restaurants, bars, shopping, and housing needed to return downtown; how streets become “activated” with human energy; Broadway’s prospects for becoming “one of the coolest streets in America”; the healthy urban balance of a Prada by a Fallas-Paredes; how he began writing about cities by writing about Pasadena, and how interaction between the blogging half of his career and the real-estate half has deepened ever since; how he responds to longtime Angeleno’s complaints about “brainwashed Millennials” and their fallen expectations; the special importance of an undisputed urban center amid a sea of suburbia; the laid-back sensibility he hopes Los Angeles can retain during its transformation; and what dream people can see actively (and successfully) pursued if they visit downtown Los Angeles themselves.
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Located at 9th and Broadway, the historic L.L. Western Costume Company building is now the new headquarters for jewelry brand Sparkle Factory
Broadway is getting hotter every year with new retail announcements like Acne Studios and Urban Outfitters coming later this year. In early 2012, jewelry brand Sparkle Factory announced that they would take over the entire 7-story historic L.L. Burns Western Costume Company (built in 1914), which is a building rich with LA history as one of the most prominent outfitters for the stage and screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Located at 9th and Broadway, Sparkle Factory will become not only a flagship retail store for owner Tarina Tarantino’s colorful jewelry and accessories, but also a hub for local designers to showcase their own wares.
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Designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture, Medallion 2.0 would add up to 400 new rental units, a theater, more retail space, over half an acre of green space. The project is slated to break ground in late 2015 at 3rd and Main St (Photo: Kevin Tsai Architecture)
A lot of exciting developments have been happening at the Medallion Apartments recently in the Old Bank District at 4th and Main. The mixed-use complex with 96 apartments for rent — taking up the entire half block of 4th Street from Main to Los Angeles St — added a brand new vegan restaurant called Dr J’s Vibrant Cafe with Sushi Zo opening later this year. In addition, six more indie restaurants, an indoor farmers’ market, and a slew of artisanal eatery shops (under the expert guidance of John Edwards of Raw Inspiration) are slated to open on the lower level next year that will literally transform the Medallion into a foodie hub. But all that Medallion fun doesn’t end there because something even larger looms on the horizon code named “Medallion 2.0.”
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Super fun! I was on LA’s local FOX 11 news channel today discussing with co-anchors, Maria Sansone and Tony McEwing, some of the exciting things happening in Downtown LA’s urban renaissance as well as promoting DTLA Rising to more Angelenos out there.
Please enjoy the video!