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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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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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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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#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.

Image by @zorymory

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

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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