Last week was so much fun! I was invited by local TV affiliate FOX 11 to come on their noon show to discuss my favorite subject, DTLA of course, and to share with viewers Downtown LA’s growing stature as the country’s most exciting up-and-coming urban center.
With so many Chinese companies investing in strategic mega projects here in Downtown LA — Shanghai Greenland’s Metropolis; Beijing Oceanwide’s Fig Central; Shenzhen Hazens’ redevelopment of the Luxe Hotel site — it makes total sense that China’s main broadcast network, CCTV (accessible to a billion viewers worldwide), run an updated story about all this frenetic real estate activity here in LA’s rising urban center.
Reporter May Lee of CCTV America (based in Washington, DC) reports on the increasing number of Chinese investments in the U.S., and specifically focusing on the hot market here in Downtown LA with “no sign of slow down” yet.
Please enjoy the video above and check out the full story by clicking here.
About a week ago, I was invited by FOX 11 to come on their noon time talk show segment to give an update on some of the most exciting developments happening in Downtown LA. It’s always super fun for me to be able to share with people what’s going on with DTLA — my favorite subject of course!
Please check out the video above and here are the topics we covered:
- 1.1 million S.F. Broadway Trade Center getting restored
- More retailers opening up in downtown
- Arts District exploding with development, incl. Coca Cola Building
- Rite Aid pharmacy controversy at 5th/Broadway
- Farmers Field viewed as a benefit for downtown
- More green space, Pershing Square next big thing
Thank you again so much to FOX 11 News!
SoCal Connected just aired this great episode about Grand Central Market on KCET last night. Reporter Nic Cha Kim chats with the local downtown community (including myself) as well as vendors within the historic food hall (Eggslut, Belcampo, etc), asking some pertinent questions like: How do the new (relatively more expensive) vendors affect Grand Central Market and what does it mean for Downtown LA?
Check out the video above and learn more about Downtown LA’s historic 1917 Grand Central Market on KCET’s website.
Yesterday was so much fun. I was invited by FOX 11 to come on their noon show to talk about Downtown LA (my favorite subject of course) and all the newest exciting things happening that are putting our once ignored urban center back on the map. Check out the video above and here are the topics we covered:
- New high-rises proposed in the Historic Core
- New developments blocking sidewalks an issue for pedestrians
- Broadway’s amazing road diet and pedestrian plazas
- Retail continues with Macy’s Plaza $180 million makeover
- And Trader Joe’s rumors!
Thank you again so much to FOX 11 News!
There have been some pretty amazing video tributes to Downtown LA lately, like the beautiful 4-minute time-lapse video by TimeLAX that captured the glittering urban center that is our growing and revitalizing Downtown LA. Once abandoned and left for dead, Downtown LA is once again the center of pride for Angelenos. Now, there’s another new video sent to me by a downtown resident named Ian Wood that’s upped the ante on just how amazing Downtown LA can look on camera. Wood spent 2 months filming with a flying quadcopter “that looks a bit like a mutant chicken” equipped with a GoPro camera. What he captured and compiled into another 4-minute video (coupled with perfect music from Chassol) really will knock your socks off.
It made me fall in love with Downtown LA all over again — enjoy.
Watch Onni’s 32-story apartment tower u/c rise halfway up in just 21 seconds!
Downtown resident, Aileen Viray, sends in this cool time-lapse video she put together — starting last November and ending just last week in February — tracking the progress at 9th and Olive where Onni’s new apartment tower is actively under construction. The high-rise has now risen exactly halfway up with work starting on the 17th floor (out of 32 floors total). Construction has been humming at the site since Jan 2013 just over a year ago when groundbreaking commenced. Vancouver-based Onni Group is developing this new mixed-use apartment tower, currently dubbed 888 Olive St., and will eventually bring to market 283-units for rent and add 11,000 square feet of retail space to the corner intersection.
TimeLAX has produced a short time-lapse video showcasing the beauty of Downtown LA
Not much has to be stated about this video except it’s absolutely stunning. The makers of the video, Ralph & Randy of TimeLAX — a time-lapse photography company based here in Los Angeles — submitted their eye candy spectacle to DTLA Rising showcasing the beauty of urban form and light that is our glittering downtown. Please enjoy the 4:43 video and check out the rest of their website for even more visual bliss.
In case you missed it yesterday! Los Angeles NBC 4 news ran a great story on the strong recovering housing market in Downtown LA and specifically how well the Ritz-Carlton luxury condos in South Park are selling, now 85 percent sold out (there are 224 units). I am very proud that the real estate firm that I belong to, The Agency, has the exclusive listing on the developer-owned units. I also spoke to the reporter, Angie Crouch, who was awesome for referencing DTLA Rising in the broadcast story!
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!
Watch intro with Josh Gray-Emmer and Spring St Park ground breaking
Everyone knows that parks and other high quality public spaces are absolutely necessary when it comes to building a livable urban city. Every urban city we usually fall in love with has great parks that contribute to our fond feelings because of that sense of human-urban connection we have with the city. Now that the Historic Core in Downtown LA is actively building a new park called Spring Street Park (near 5th and Spring), two downtown residents — Josh Gray-Emmer and Joe Rubenstein — are documenting the creation of this park through time-elapsed photography.
My interest, passion, and involvement with Downtown LA urban redevelopment began in earnest after I graduated from college and moved back down to LA from the Bay Area. Living and studying in Berkeley and traveling to San Francisco quite often, I became fascinated by urban planning and was excited that Los Angeles was truly beginning its own urban renaissance. In 2004, after moving back to LA, I soon became aware of Downtown LA’s Grand Ave Project and realized its incredible potential for rejuvenating LA’s urban heart. However, I was very concerned about the proposed park that was planned to go along with it, so I voiced my concerns then by speaking at Grand Ave Project meetings and continue to voice my concerns to this day.
What will Chinatown LA’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market look like?
First the rumors of Walmart coming to Chinatown in Downtown LA and now the confirmation (via Curbed LA) from last week. Instead of the new smaller urban concept, Walmart Express, that I had initially guessed would open in Chinatown, it will actually be a larger (but still a lot smaller than a regular Walmart) called the “Walmart Neighborhood Market.” At 33,000 square feet, it will focus heavily on groceries and from the pictures on the Walmart LA website, look very similar to a Fresh & Easy market. According to Curbed LA, the market will begin construction this summer and open in early 2013.
Watch me walk across La Cañada’s freeway cap park over the 210 freeway
Last week, I attended the Friends of Park 101 meeting in El Pueblo where a panel of city planning experts and an urban conscious audience converged to discuss the exciting future of capping the 101 freeway through Downtown LA with a park.
Watch the video of the unveiling of Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown LA
For decades, one of the most architecturally beautiful streets in the country has remained derelict and forgotten, left behind for the suburbs to let our city’s most treasured historic buildings sit vacant and uncared-for. Swap meets and check cashing centers dot the landscape where grand department stores and movie palaces once attracted people from far and wide. Nevertheless, Broadway has been waiting patiently for a new generation of Angelenos who care enough and understand the tremendous potential of this amazing part of Los Angeles to become one of the greatest city centers in the country. And the time has come.