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DTLA IRL - A Celebration of Culture, Community, & Commerce

What is DTLA IRL? An embodiment of all things DTLA. IN REAL LIFE!

Our HOLIDAY POP-UP activation at the corner of 7th St. and Olive St. - on the ground floor of the LA Athletic Club -  will be a place where visitors can reboot and recharge during the holiday season. There will be art, local merchandise for sale, weekly events, and deals/details on downtown holiday happenings.

While we work with our creative partners at Neon Butterfly get the spaces ready for you, we wanted to give you a sneak peak at our work in progress!

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#DTLAIRL Artists Challenge!

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DTLA Retail Market is Still Hot

​As summer turns to autumn and we finally say goodbye to 100-degree days, most are happy to see the heat go. But just in the last 30 days, we've seen the opening of prominent stores that confirm the retail scene in Downtown LA is as hot as ever! Which is exactly what we say in our just-released 2018 Downtown LA Retail Report.

Here are some notable highlights of new retail shops that have opened within the last month.

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A Canine Louvre

dOGUMENTA is produced by Arts Brookfield and sponsored by Nature's Recipe. It runs September 14-16, 2018 and September 21-23, 2018 (11am - 6 pm) at FIGat7th on the Upper Plaza, 735 S. Figueroa Street. It's free, but reserving a ticket is strongly encouraged and guarantees entry, but walk-ins are welcome. For tickets and more info: Click Here

Get your leash ready and tell your pooch you're going to an art show ... for them. There are 9 art installations altogether designed specifically for our four-legged friends, where they are free to roam and explore at will. Also, both Sundays will have mobile dog adoption with LA Animal Services until 3 pm and trainers from the Los Angeles Positive Dog Trainer Alliance onsite each day of the exhibition for support.

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DTLA: It's Not Your Daddy's Downtown

This content was written by Nick Griffin and originally appeared on Urbanize LA.

​The Downtown residential market has been on fire for years now, with the retail and restaurant scene smoldering in its wake. Now those sparks are beginning to ignite the commercial office market – with our Q2 Market Report showing growth in leasing activity, average rents and net absorption. But the numbers, while good news, aren't the real story. 

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Refreshing Drinks You Need to Try Before Summer Ends

​Summer is the perfect excuse to get together with loved ones, to relax on DTLA rooftops, and to make happy hours a part of your weekly routine. What's better than enjoying summer nights out to dinner with the family, daytime rooftop parties with friends, or casual patio happy hours with coworkers? Summer cocktails...that's what. Top-notch, handcrafted refreshments make any summer experience that much more enjoyable, am I right? Labor Day will soon come and go, but we'll hold onto that summer feeling (and that summer heat) just a little while longer. Here are a handful of cocktails in DTLA to try before summer officially comes to a close. Cheers!

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ICYMI: DTLA's Housing Tour Recap

For many years, the Downtown Center BID has run a monthly Housing Tour showcasing everything DTLA has to offer to those looking for a more urban lifestyle in sprawling Los Angeles. Downtown LA has a weekday population of 500,000 (workers, tourists, and residents) but only 70,000+ people actually live here. However, the number of Downtown residents is expected to top 85,000 in the next few years. 

On this housing tour, we show off some of the most dynamic neighborhoods in DTLA while exploring some of the newest residential communities. Our most recent DTLA Housing Tour was held on August 4th - starting at Bottega Louie, one of DTLA's finest restaurants. In case you weren't able to join us, here's a recap of the properties we explored. 


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The Dog Days of Summer

On July 11, 2018, Downtown LA and their canine friends gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate the 12th Annual Dog Day at the Cathedral, organized and hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The DCBID would like to thank the Title Sponsors Pussy & Pooch and The Bloc and our Premier Sponsor Downtown News.

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#DTLASummer Photo Contest

Summer is in full swing, and with that brings family, friends, fun and…PHOTOS! We've got you covered with your DTLA Guide to Everything Summer and we're heating up with our #DTLASummer Photo Contest! We want to see how you're enjoying the summer sun and cool fun in DTLA.

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"Hacking the Highrise" - Wells Fargo Center Event Recap

The DCBID launched its "Hacking the Highrise" initiative on June 21st with a showcase event at Brookfield Properties' Wells Fargo Center North Tower.  Attendees from across the real estate industry mixed and mingled over food and drink and heard from an expert panel on how the property is being reinvented for a new era of city living and a new generation of tenants.

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Going Somewhere? Staycation in DTLA

A staycation, for those who've never taken one, is a vacation you enjoy in your very own city. A staycation has two rules: no work...and no chores. It's your chance to try out that new restaurant down the street, take a stroll under the stars, and may even be an opportunity to fall in love all over again with the neighborhood you call home. Join me while I explore four staycation destinations here in Downtown LA.

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Hotel Figueroa opened in 1926 by YWCA, and became a hotel just three years later. In 1976, it was given a Moroccan makeover after years of being a residential hotel for tourists on a budget. The hotel has recently re-emerged from a two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendor. Once you step inside, you'll discover locally sourced art, and an iconic coffin-shaped pool within a botanical hideaway. With an emphasis on natural light, the building was redesigned featuring white walls, wood floors and exposed wooden beams. Feel like splurging? Make sure to book one of their suites, which I've heard one of them has a hidden passageway that leads to an event space. For the foodies, make sure to experience Breva and Veranda. After dinner, visit Rick's for a lively neighborhood vibe complete with coastal and tropical-inspired cocktails.

Book your staycation with their Forever Summer special! 

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Taboos and Hidden Communities on Display at MOCA

I recently went to view the Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin exhibit at MOCA (Grand Avenue) ... and wow, what an emotional journey. All three of these photographers document many of the taboos and hidden communities of their time. 

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5 Sweet Treats to Keep You Cool This Summer in DTLA

​Summer is officially here...and with it come all of the sweet treats. While these confections are certainly available all year long, the summer season is the prime time to visit these dessert destinations. So, before you get lost in the freezer aisle of the grocery store and stock up on generic pints and popsicle sticks, plan to visit one, three or all five of the following locations to indulge in their sweet treats that will keep you cool this summer in DTLA.

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After a Record-Breaking 2017, the Downtown Market Remained Strong in Q1

After a record-breaking 2017 with over 2,800 new residential openings, the Downtown market remained strong in Q1, with news in all sectors reinforcing confidence in DTLA's continued growth.

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Q4 Market Report Shows DTLA Building Boom Sets New Record in 2017

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) released its Q4 2017 Downtown Market Report, revealing that the DTLA Renaissance grows ever stronger, with substantial gains scored across all sectors.

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Q3 Market Report Shows National Brands and Creative/Tech Companies Continue to Flow Into DTLA

Downtown LA continued on its dynamic growth trajectory in Q3, despite a relatively slow quarter for the greater LA area. Leading the way was residential with another 1,380 rental units coming to market.

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Downtown Families Celebrate Halloween

On the evening of October 31st, over 1,700 Downtown LA kids and families attended our Halloween Festival at FIDM Grand Hope Park. Now in it's 10th year, this social community event gives our Downtown families an opportunity to have a safe and fun Halloween party right in their own backyard. ​The event is made possible by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), a coalition of nearly 1,700 property owners committed to enhance the quality of life within the district.

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Q2 2017 Market Report Shows Unwavering Progress Across Sectors

Downtown LA's momentum shows no sign of slowing, with significant progress across all sectors in Q2. The highlight was the long-awaited opening of the Intercontinental Hotel at the Wilshire Grand, a game-changing project that captured the attention of the world.Over 1,000 new rental units opened in Q2 at Atelier, WREN, and G12. While o...
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The Night of a 1000 Dogs

On July 12, 2017, DTLA residents and their four-legged friends gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate the 11th Annual Dog Day at the Cathedral, organized and hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The DCBID would like to thank the Title Sponsor Pussy & Pooch and Premier Sponsors Pet Project LA and Healthy Spot.

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2017 Market Report Shows Strong Start to the New Year

​Downtown LA picked up in 2017 right where it left off, with all sectors showing continued strength. Rents were up across the board, with positive net absorption in office and retail, and consistent occupancy rates in residential, despite a steady stream of new property openings quarter after quarter.Q1 saw the first new condo tower open since the ...
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Year-End Market Report Highlights Downtown LA’s Continued Growth

The underlying strength of the Downtown LA Renaissance took the market to new heights in 2016. Residential development led the way with a record-breaking 2,671 units coming online at 11 projects and 3,968 units breaking ground in 2016. With construction cranes already filling the sky, more records are likely to be broken in years to co...
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Q3 Market Report Reinforces Confidence in All Sectors

Downtown continued to build on its own momentum with growth in all sectors reinforcing confidence in the future. Twenty three new projects were proposed in this quarter alone, highlighted by SunCal's 15-acre 6AM project, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, elevating Arts District development to a whole new strata.The residential market...
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Downtown Families Celebrate Halloween

On the evening of October 31st, over 1,600 Downtown LA kids and families attended our Halloween Festival at FIDM Grand Hope Park. Now in it's 9th year, this social community event gives our Downtown families an opportunity to have a safe and fun Halloween party right in their own backyard. ​The event is made possible by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), a coalition of nearly 1,700 property owners committed to enhance the quality of life within the district.

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TechDay in DTLA

TechDay LA is an annual, one-day event to celebrate and showcase startups from around the region. Building on successful events in New York, Washington DC, and London, TechDay organizers chose Downtown LA for their inaugural West Coast event in 2015. That event was such a success that they returned this year at almost twice the size, with over 300 ...
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DCBID Hosts Annual Public Safety Appreciation BBQ

On September 15, over 1,000 residents, workers and safety personnel attended our 17th Annual Public Safety Appreciation BBQ at Bank of America Plaza. The DCBID was joined by the Historic Core, Fashion District, and South Park BIDs to honor the men and women in uniform whose dedicated service makes Downtown LA a safe and enjoyable community.

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Grid110 Puts DTLA Fashion Tech on the Map

Grid110, a business accelerator partnered with the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, continues to strengthen Downtown LA's fashion tech scene with their second cohort of young entrepreneurs. The non-profit will apply its proven formula to the new batch of fashion tech startups - connecting them to office space, mentors, and resources...
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DCBID Hosts Resident Mixer

On the evening of Wednesday, August 10th, the Downtown Center BID hosted a Summer Resident Mixer (ReMix) at the Gas Company Tower. Residents from over 30 buildings in our District were invited to an evening of mingling with neighbors, sampling small bites and sips from local DTLA businesses, making new friends, giveaways, a 360 degree view of DTLA, and more.

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Q2 Market Report

Downtown's positive momentum continued into the second quarter of 2016, highlighted by the long awaited opening of the Expo Line extension, connecting Santa Monica to Downtown LA for the first time since 1953, and symbolizing the re-emergence of DTLA as a destination.As expected, apartment occupancy rates declined slightly due to the increased volu...
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Downtowner's Celebrate Their Canine Companions

On July 13, 2016, DTLA residents and their four-legged friends gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate the 10th Annual Dog Day at the Cathedral, organized and hosted by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The DCBID would like to thank Forest City, Pet Project LA and Pussy and Pooch for being the Premier event sponsors.

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Innovate DTLA Launches

Downtown Center BID kicks off its Innovate DTLA initiative with an exclusive leadership symposium featuring The Brookings Institution and Project for Public SpacesThe Downtown Center BID's Innovate DTLA initiative officially launched on June 22nd at an invite-only symposium at The Gas Company Tower hosted by WeWork and Brookfield. The event brought...
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Q1 Market Report Reveals Continued Growth

Solid gains in occupancy and revenue in Downtown Los Angeles' hospitality and retail sectors lead overall market momentum, with continuing growth in the residential and office markets, according to the DCBID's 2016 Q1 Market Report.With record levels of new construction in all sectors set to deliver new residential, office, and retail space in 2016...
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Exploring Grand Central Market

Downtown LA is brimming with innovative food choices. One of our favorite destinations for a DTLA food adventure is Grand Central Market. The market opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since. With the ever changing population of Downtown, the open air market has also changed with the tides. It now showcases some of California's best chefs along with ingredients from around the world. Along with long-standing favorites like Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, Sticky Rice, and China Cafe (to name a few), the market is welcoming some new faces.

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DCBID Hosts Annual Property Owners Meeting

The DCBID held its Annual Property Owners Meeting on the morning of Thursday, April 14th at the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club. Guests enjoyed opening remarks from an exceptional panel of speakers including Councilmember Jose Huizar, LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, and Captain Howard Leslie.

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Innovate DTLA: Building the Next Great Innovation District

On Tuesday, March 29th, the DCBID introduced InnovateDTLA, a new Office and Industry Initiative, at tech networking mixer Startups in the Sky. More than one hundred attendees networked and shared ideas while enjoying 360 degree views of LA from the 37th floor of Brookfield's Gas Company Tower.Nick Griffin, DCBID Director of Economic Development, ki...
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