LA’s downtown isn’t the only one undergoing a major transformation, LA’s little brother Long Beach is also in the mitts of a construction boom. Downtown Long Beach has over 20 projects either already
under construction, or proposed for development. A few of the developments that will drastically change the image of Downtown LB will be a $250 Entertainment Center adjacent to the Queen Mary,
a 35 story Residential tower (set to be the new tallest tower for LB), a flashy new Civic Center , and remodel of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Curbed LA compiled a list of developments planned that has me pretty excited to see what DTLB will eventually grow into.
Queen Mary Development
New Civic Center
Aquarium of the Pacific
African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!
Even though SouthLA focusing on South Los Angeles and surrounding urban areas, I would love to shine some light on LA’s commerical core, Downtown. Now give or take 15 years ago Downtown was a desolate ghost town after 7pm, now its another thriving live, work, play area of Los Angeles. Well now there are several huge projects planned for Downtown. Due to the amount of projects I’m just going to list them, peruse at your leisure.
Korean Air’s New Super Tall Tower
888 Olive Tower
50 Story North South Park Tower
The New ‘Park Fifth’
New Skyscraper Going up in the Historic Core
First phase of Metropolis
Two Towers For 12th & Flower
23 Projects Slated 4 DTLA
Skyscrapers are rising all over town, Hollywood skyline is dramatically changing and DTLA’s is getting major additions. Not including LA’s soon to be new tallest, LA skyline is changing all over town. Hollywood is getting several new towers, DTLA is getting a huge new mixed-use mini high rise development consiting of 5 towers along Franciso St, hopingto create a pesdestrian only street connecting South Park to the Financial District. DTLA is getting and four residential towers.
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Dancie your way to Fitness in Downtown LA. Thousands of Angelenos are expected to show off their cha-cha-cha moves, clap their hands and do the hip hop “swing-a-ling” in Downtown L.A.’s GrandPark Saturday at the National Dance Day celebration. Hosted by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and the MusicCenter, National Dance Day is intended to get kids, adults and senior citizens exercising and having fun while dancing. Participants will be able to dance in the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain splash pad and see a special performance by the Los Angeles-based dance company, Still Motion, led by Stacey Tookey, the choreographer behind the hit show So You Think You Can Dance. This Saturday, July 27, in Downtown LA’s new GrandPark!
Dance It Off In Grand Park
Wilshire Grand Hotel is almost completely down, and in its place the new tallest tower west of the Mississppi will be erected. Korean Air is building a 73-story tower, coming out to a total 1,100 feet tall, surpassing the US Bank Tower by a couple of feet. This should should be complete March 2017.
Tallest Tower In The West
New Tower Coming to DTLA
Work has already began the New Pershing Apartments in the old Pershing Hotel, originally built in 1889. Developed by the Skid Row Housing Trust, the New Pershing Apartments will showcase a Victorian Facade of the old Pershing Hotel. The new apartments will provide apartments for homeless and low-income residents on Skid Row. New Pershing Apartments are slated to be done in a year and will house 65 studios and four one-bedroom apartments, a landscaped courtyard, a couple commercial spaces for lease, and healthcare and counselling services for residents. Skid Row Housing Trust has making major moves, kudos guys, keep up the good work.
More Hosing Coming To Skid Row
Downtown has and still is transforming. Along with Guess (on 7th and Grand, I think), Ross (at 8th and Broadway), and now Urban Outfitters at the old Rialo Theatre on Broadway. The Phily based retailer plans to restore the Rialo’s Historic Marquee, said to be the longest existing marque in Los Angeles. The store is set to be open and fully restored/renovated by the end of the year. The addition of Urban Outfitters is part of the city’s 10-year Bringing Back Broadway initiative, which aims to bring the theater-lined street back to its glory days of the early-twentieth century. It’s been gaining some major speed with the addition of new restaurants, hotels, retail, and a coming streetcar.
Broadway Getting Restored
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Approved by the Metro Board, here are the official station names along the under-construction Expo Line Phase II. A motion by Board Member Zev Yaroslavsky changed the Exposition/Westwood to Westwood/Rancho Park.
Official Station Name
- Westwood/Rancho Park
- 26th Street/Bergamot
- 17th Street/Santa Monica College
- Downtown Santa Monica
DTLA to Downtown Santa Monica via Metro