What Can Downtown L.A. Do for Southern California?

The Dense, Cosmopolitan Neighborhood Already Offers Great Art and Food. Now It Needs to Ease Pressures on the Working Poor and Be More Inclusive.


When the Ace Hotel opened downtown in early 2014, a billboard announced its arrival with two simple words: “Hello LA.” The sign epitomizes a revitalized downtown Los Angeles intent on making its presence known throughout the entire city. The hotel has fashioned itself as a beacon for what the historic core’s future could look like: a blend of high fashion, culinary fireworks, and avant-garde art.

All that sounds great for the occasional shoppers and diners who visit downtown and for its growing young, urban professional population. But what about the rest …

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