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Old 03-22-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
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BRINGING BROADWAY BACK:
In recent years the "Bringing Broadway Back" initiative was launched to spur revitalization along one of LA's most historic streets. With the LARGEST collection of post-World War I movie theatres in the nation, the street is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Future plans call for a 1) renovated streetscape; 2) restored movie palaces with new cultural programming; 3) historic streetcar running down Broadway.

The streetscaping program calls for more trees, new paving, and street furniture. The historic street car (if completed) would run down Broadway and link the historic district to Staples Center/LA Live and Bunker Hill.

Most of the historic office buildings on Broadway are VACANT from the 2nd story and above. Good news is that several of them are being rennovated (or already have been) with new office space or conversion to residential uses.


PROJECTS COMPLETED TO DATE:
To date the following buildings/projects have been completed:

1. Orpheum Theatre: The restored theatre now hosts live concerts and even television shows like American Idol. The ground floor space in front is now home to the BROADWAY BAR. The upper floors of the building house lofts for rent.

2. Eastern Columbia Building: This 1930's art deco treasure has been restored into for sale lofts which sold out in 2007 including a penthouse unit which was reported to have been sold to Johnny Depp.

3. Pan American Lofts: Near broadway and 4th, the building was rehabbed into for sale residetial lofts in 2007.

4. Champman Building: The historic office building (at 8th/Broadway) was restored and transformed into rental units with ground floor retail. Opened in 2008.

4. Broadway Spring Arcade Building: I don't have the details but this building has been undergoing rennovation for YEARS and is supposed to open with upper floor residential and renovated first floor retail. A truly beautiful building....good to see it coming back to life.


BUILDINGS CURRENTLY UNDER RENOVATION:
Some additional buildings that are CURRENTLY being renovated are described in this link:
Four Major Projects to Reshape Block of Broadway :: blogdowntown

Great to see that even admist this tough economic climate that things are happening on Broadway.



BROADWAY WAS THE "TIMES SQUARE" OF THE WEST COAST - CIRCA THE 1940'S

According to old news clippings, Broadway between 3rd and 8th Streets in downtown Los Angeles was the TIMES SQUARE of the west coast and routinely drew more than 500,000 people on New Year's eve in the 1940's.

See this link for the story.
http://blogdowntown.com/2009/12/4973-broadway-was-the-place-to-be-in-downtowns
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: West LA
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The potential that exists on Broadway is really something to behold. Even amidst this recession, things are slowly moving in the right direction. Hopefully, once the credit markets loosen up and the economy gets back on track, we can really bring Broadway back to its former glory. There's a lot of work to be done though, and it's definately not going to happen overnight.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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that is great news
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles......So. Calif. an Island on the Land
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Originally Posted by LASam View Post
The potential that exists on Broadway is really something to behold. Even amidst this recession, things are slowly moving in the right direction. Hopefully, once the credit markets loosen up and the economy gets back on track, we can really bring Broadway back to its former glory. There's a lot of work to be done though, and it's definately not going to happen overnight.

Yes, I agree...it will take time but there does seem to be real legs to this effort, very much aided by the ongoing rennaissance on Spring Street and in downtown in general.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The old Wolworth's building on Broadway is getting a new department store: Ross Dress for Less will open in the currently vacant builidng on Broadway (near 7th Street) in early 2013.

Ross Department Store Coming to Broadway - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: News

Target is scheduled to open it's first downtown store in late 2012.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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The old Wolworth's building on Broadway is getting a new department store: Ross Dress for Less will open in the currently vacant builidng on Broadway (near 7th Street) in early 2013.

Ross Department Store Coming to Broadway - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: News

Target is scheduled to open it's first downtown store in late 2012.
Sweet. And the streetcar might actually happen:

Ready for 2012: The Big Projects That Will Drive Downtown Forward - Los Angeles Downtown News - For Everything Downtown L.A.!: News
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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And the historic United Artists Theater (built in 1927) on Broadway will be transformed into an upscale hotel. The hotel operator (Ace) intends to make a fully renovated and reactivated theater a centerpiece of the future hotel.

United Artists/Jesus Saves Building Will Be LA's First Ace Hotel - GentrificationWatch - Curbed LA
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:14 AM
 
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Glad to hear it. The street looks pretty scummy these days, but you can really see the potential underneath. So many grand buildings just waiting to be restored. Hope it works out. Makes me sad, as a big film fan, to see so many grand theaters used as vending spots for people selling junk (or crazy churches).

One of my least favorite things about L.A. has always been its lack of a central downtown feel... no one seems to live near Broadway, and aside from the "nice" streets near the Times and the Concert Hall, it isn't very walker-friendly. I hear the plan is to turn a lot of those huge abandoned buildings into lofts and apartments. Good idea... bring in more investment, and more people feeling a sense of community that way.

I live in downtown Austin right now, and have been delighted to witness the changes downtown over the last 20 years... no one was living downtown -- or shopping, relaxing, watching movies, etc. -- back then, and now? It's a happening spot. (And no, I am not rich...)
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Waitressinthesky, when was the last time you were in downtown Los Angeles? Thousands of peoplle live all over downtown Los Angeles including Broadway. It is easily one of the most walkable areas in metropolitan LA.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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The gentrification of Downtown Los Angeles is not all good news. There are thousands of poor people who have made downtown their home for years...what will happen to them I wonder? I feel LA has a choice...it can follow New York and other major cities in displacing and marginalizing it's long-time poor residents for the convenience and comfort of the upper middle class...or it can find a way to serve those who already live there. There are already hundreds of businesses on Broadway alone that cater to it's long-time residents- why try to destroy them? Occupy the abandoned buildings, sure. But leave the already existing businesses and residents alone! The only way to ensure some sort of place for them is to provide rent stabilization and affordable housing in the face of inevitable increases brought about by gentrification. I sincerely hope that Los Angeles will do it's best to include the thousands of residents who already live on and near Broadway in it's "revitalization". Just as they wouldn't -and shouldn't- destroy the incredible architecture of the historic theaters on Broadway, nor should they destroy the existing culture and residents of this incredible area.
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