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Le Box Blanc is a new indie women's boutique now open at 11th and Hope in Downtown LA

Le Box Blanc Opens First Brick and Mortar in Downtown LA

The intersection of 11th and Hope has become the center of South Park’s growing residential community. Ever since a 7-story parking structure was transformed into a retail center (with an eye-catching mural) a couple of years ago, the immediate surrounding area has become increasingly active, helping to spawn even more creative urban ideas that strengthen South Park’s identity (like this awesome new parklet). It’s truly amazing how sometimes big positive changes come from something as simple as rethinking a lifeless, run-of-the-mill parking structure. Now another great new retailer, online boutique Le Box Blanc, has just opened its first retail location at 11th and Hope contributing to South Park’s growth and revival.

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Erewhon Market plans to open a new Downtown LA store in the historic May Company Garage built in 1927

Erewhon Market Plans to Open New Downtown LA Store

As Downtown LA continues to create more housing bringing in thousands of new residents, it becomes increasingly important to support that growing residential population with a wide variety of amenities and services that make living in downtown convenient and dynamic. That’s why I’m very excited to learn that a new grocery store is looking to open on the southern fringe of the Historic Core in Downtown LA.

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Brigade LA has opened a new 3,000 square foot store at LA Live's Courtyard by Marriott in South Park, Downtown LA

New Brigade LA Store Brings Fashion Trends to LA Live in Downtown LA

Back in June 2016, we announced that one of Downtown LA’s most successful independent retailers — the purveyor of fashion’s hottest trends and accessories, Brigade LA — was opening a brand new and exciting flagship location at LA Live in Downtown LA’s burgeoning South Park district. About a half a year later, Brigade LA has opened its new store adding to a growing mix of businesses coalescing around LA Live and the Staples Center.

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The new 5,000 square foot Petco store opened in Downtown LA's South Park district on Dec 5, 2016

New Petco Store Opens in South Park in Downtown LA

Pet lovers rejoice! And since Downtown LA is chock-full of residents with their furry pets, there should be quite a few downtowners happy to see that Petco has finally opened their doors for business this past week selling everything a pet owner could possibly need. It’s also another sign that large chains, who once shunned downtown, are finally beginning to see Downtown LA as a viable and desirable location to open their stores in.

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WREN is South Park's new luxury apartment address arriving winter of 2016

Details and Renderings Unveiled for WREN Residences in DTLA South Park

Downtown’s next major community is suddenly closer to completion. WREN, a seven-story luxury building with 362 for-lease residences, recently unveiled new renderings and details, and will begin move-ins in February, 2017. The stylish apartment building is bordered by Pico Boulevard, Olive and Hill Streets in the heart of quickly growing South Park.

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Two new exciting retail spaces are being built out at 801 S Grand that will help continue to activate this burgeoning intersection (Photo: McKently Malak Architects)

New Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover Coming to 801 S Grand in Downtown LA

Lots of activated retail spaces are one of the main keys to unlocking the full potential of any urban setting no matter where you are, and Downtown LA is no exception. If you want Downtown LA to succeed, you gotta have ground floor retail — everywhere. Think about it. Almost any vibrant urban center you visit that’s walkable and vibrant — whether that’s Manhattan, London, Madrid, or Tokyo — is usually filled to the brim with dense back-to-back retail and restaurants on the ground floor (and in Tokyo’s case on the upper and lower levels as well!). So for an ardent urban advocate like myself who yearns for LA to become truly walkable one day, I am constantly looking for signs that Downtown LA is maturing into a serious urban center. That’s why I’m so excited to see that 801 S Grand is adding that critical piece of the urban puzzle with an ongoing retail space expansion project that will transform this corner into a vibrant urban setting.

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The massive $1 billion Oceanwide Plaza will be anchored by the exclusive Park Hyatt hotel, becoming the only "urban Park Hyatt" on the West Coast (for now)

5-Star Park Hyatt Hotel to Anchor Oceanwide Plaza in Downtown LA

Big news comes to South Park this week regarding the massive Oceanwide Plaza project being built across the street from the Staples Center and LA Live complex. The Wall Street Journal released an article this past Monday confirming our initial report that Park Hyatt has been chosen to anchor the $1 billion mixed-user, ousting the still-untested Roberto Cavalli hotel brand that was originally slated to go into the Oceanwide Plaza. DTLA Rising first reported that Park Hyatt was the likely replacement for Cavalli back in Feb 2016.

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Chipotle is planning open their second DTLA location here at South Park by Windsor at Olympic/Hill

Chipotle to Open Second Downtown LA Store in South Park

As a resident of South Park, I can tell you that one of the hardest things about living here is the lack of casual, affordable food options to choose from (especially for dinner). A wide variety of fast casual restaurants that other communities take for granted are pretty much absent here in many parts of Downtown LA. It makes living downtown inconvenient as I frequently feel like I have to leave downtown just to grab a quick bite to eat for dinner. That, to me, totally defeats the purpose of living in an urban center where the idea of walking downstairs easily from your mixed-use residence and being able to choose from a wide variety of eateries should be a normal and standard process. Of course, I have to remind myself many times that DTLA is still a fledgling and growing urban center and has not matured quite yet. With all the being said, that’s why I’m super excited that a new Chipotle is planning to open in South Park soon.

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TEN50 is Downtown LA's newest condo project, a 22-story high-rise tower in the rapidly growing South Park district near Staples Center

Tour Inside Downtown LA’s Newest Condo High-Rise in South Park

I’ve been watching TEN50 rise from my apartment window for the last couple years. I’ve watched it go from a hole in the ground to a gleaming new tower developed by Trumark Urban and designed by DTLA-based Hanson LA Architecture. It’s been a constant reminder for me every time I look outside that South Park is growing and finally about to hit a critical mass that will transform a once desolate landscape dominated by lifeless parking lots into a vibrant urban community that’s dense and walkable. As an urban enthusiast who understands that mixed-use density is the main key to unlocking Downtown LA’s full potential, I am so excited that in a few months, new residents will be moving into this brand new tower.

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Backyard Bowls opened their first location in Santa Barbara in 2008, and will open their second LA location here in DTLA

Backyard Bowls Taking Over Lobby at 8th/Hope Tower in Downtown LA

Can you believe it’s been exactly two years since 8th and Hope was completed? The 22-story glass tower with 290 rentals developed by Wood Partners replaced an ugly, anti-pedestrian surface parking lot, helping to bridge the urban landscape for pedestrians walking between South Park and the Financial District. The tower’s ground floor retail has filled up over the last two years with three new eateries (Philz Coffee, Hoke Poke, and Jersey Mike’s Subs) that have helped activate the sidewalk with much-needed pedestrian activity, contributing to the growing urban energy that makes Downtown LA so exciting. Well, I’m glad to report there’s one more eatery that will be opening here.

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Reliant Urgent Care has opened a 6,000 square foot state-of-the-art urgent care center on Francisco Street in Downtown LA

New Reliant Urgent Care Opens in South Park in Downtown LA

You really can’t have a livable community without having access to good healthcare services. As downtown continues to mature as an established urban center, it is critical that it offers its residents a variety of medical resources since people are bound to get sick and accidents do happen. That’s why I’m so excited that an actual real urgent care has opened here in Downtown LA’s rapidly developing South Park district. Last month, Reliant Urgent Care opened a brand new state-of-the-art facility directly across the street from the new massive $1 billion Metropolis project.

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Brigade LA will become LA Live's first fashion retail store opening at the Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn on Olympic Blvd (Photo: Kuo Yang)

LA Live in Downtown LA Welcomes its First Fashion Retail Store

Something new and exciting is coming to LA Live — RETAIL! The mega development by AEG that helped jump start the Downtown LA renaissance over a decade ago has focused almost entirely on restaurants and entertainment venues leaving out the all-important retail stores that also help attract shoppers. In other words, you can “eat,” you can “play,” but unfortunately you can’t “shop” at LA Live. But soon that’s about to change a bit as one of Downtown LA’s first pioneer retailers, Brigade LA, will be opening its brand new flagship store here at LA Live.

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The highly anticipated $1 billion Oceanwide Plaza is under construction across from Staples Center slated for a late 2018 completion (Photo: Oceanwide Plaza)

New Fly-Thru Video Shows Off Massive Oceanwide Downtown LA Project

One of the most exciting mega projects under construction right now in Downtown LA is the massive Oceanwide Plaza being built on Figueroa directly across the street from the Staples Center. The $1 billion project is really the missing bookend to LA Live, a project by AEG completed in 2010 that focused almost exclusively on restaurants and nightlife venues leaving out the all-important retail component that attracts shoppers. An exciting new fly-through video has been released by Chinese developer Oceanwide showcasing the project’s flashy two-story ground-floor commercial space — now aptly named The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza — that will likely be filled in with a slew of new upscale retailers and restaurants, especially if the uber-upscale Park Hyatt signs on as the project’s hotel operator.

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Unleashed by Petco will be opening a new 5,000 square foot urban store in CIM Group's new 888 S Hope development

Petco Unleashed Store Coming to South Park in Downtown LA

With literally thousands of pets living in DTLA, it’s kind of surprising there aren’t more pet stores scattered all around downtown, especially in the South Park and Financial District neighborhoods where a large concentration of residents live. Well, that’s about to change. Soon downtown residents will have a new place to shop catering to their furry friends when Unleashed by Petco opens later this year in South Park.

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Hoke Poke will be opening a 1,200 square foot store along 8th Street between Philz Coffee and Jersey Mike's in Downtown LA

Hoke Poke to Join Philz Coffee at 8th/Hope in Downtown LA

With the huge poke (pronounced “PO-keh”) craze going on right now all across LA — you know, those yummy Hawaiian-inspired sashimi bowls usually served with rice or salad — you’d think downtown’s hot South Park district would’ve gotten its own dedicated poke shop a whole lot sooner. Well, one is finally opening later this year under the posh apartment tower at 8th and Hope. As a huge poke fan, this will be a very welcome addition to the neighborhood adding to a much needed diversity of food options that’s slowly coming together here in downtown.

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