Is Downtown L.A.’s New Center?

It’s Got the Hype, the Hot New Restaurants, Growing Political Clout, and More and More People on the Streets—and Its Growth Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

This year, GQ called downtown Los Angeles “America’s next great city” and “the cool capital of America,” and The New York Times included downtown on its list of “52 Places to Go in 2014.” At a “Thinking L.A.” event co-presented by UCLA at MOCA Grand Avenue, a panel of people who have developed, designed, lived, worked, and played downtown asked whether downtown actually lives up to this (admittedly East Coast) hype—and whether downtown’s revival is shifting power and influence away from L.A.’s wealthy Westside.

Architect Thom Mayne cautioned against the hype. …

I Loved DTLA Before It Was Cool

Ten Years Ago, Downtown Was Dead at Night and Didn’t Even Have a Grocery Store. Today, It’s a Destination for People Across Southern California.

I fell in love with downtown Los Angeles on a warm summer night in 2004. I had parked my car on 7th Street and Grand Avenue, where the restaurant and …

‘Economist’ Correspondent Lauren Schuker Blum

Who’s Got Double-Jointed Thumbs, Loves to Hate on New York, and Asks Too Many Questions?

Lauren Schuker Blum is the West Coast correspondent for The Economist; previously, she was the national real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Before moderating a panel on the …

East LA Community Corporation President Maria Cabildo

For Her, the Song Never Gets Old

Maria Cabildo is president and co-founder of the East LA Community Corporation. Before participating in a panel on the high cost of living in Los Angeles, she talked about where …