Explore Downtown has a great little sweepstake now where you could win an “Urban Adventure Staycation.” You just have to sign up for their mailing list. They have a lot of specials and things for you to do, too.
Last week, someone sent us a note about a rad little park that was going onto Spring Street, Downtown. The Lehrer Architects project looked like a nice effort to bring modern greenness to Downtown and definitely appeared to be very, very well done. It looks innovative and bright and certainly is a place where people on Spring will want to gather and hang out. We had no idea that the park was nearly completed, though: while Downtown this weekend moseying around, we accidentally stumbled upon the almost completed Spring Street Park. How does it look? Pretty cool–but we’re sure a lot more work needs to be done.
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I lived in Franklin Village and would walk to work every day by going West on Franklin, South on Vine, East on Hollywood, and finally South on Seward to arrive at my office. I loved these walks because I got to see the city and watch it change around me every single day. The biggest thing I was keeping tabs on was the slowly constructing W Hollywood complex. I wasn’t an expert on the area nor was I attempting to make a projection on the part of town but I did know that this building was going to be very important: it would elevate the area surrounding it into something much nicer than what I was seeing on my walk to and from work.
Santa Monica Blvd stretches just over 14 miles from the urban nest of Sunset Junction to the sun-bleached cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Designer Chris Rubino decided to walk the road in just one day, taking pictures of the city along the way. He recently posted this neat video with the results of that walk, focusing on the signage of SMB.
There are a lot of things Downtown that are stuck in a time trap. They’re either lost and (literally) abandoned in an early 20th century daze or are trapped in a loop set on 1985. There are many examples of this (Like.) and many go unexplored by Angelenos, especially those who don’t work Downtown. Every time I take the Metro to the 7th Street/Metro Center station, I’ve always noticed that weird Sheraton/”Macy’s Plaza” mall at 7th and Flower. What is that place? It looks like a brick box of Macy’s with a Sheraton made much in the light of the Bonaventure on top of it. While killing some time, we decided to stop in and see what it’s all about. Is it cool? Are there secrets in there? Is it really stuck in a time trap? Let’s see what’s in there!