A DTLA Timeline

The history of a neighborhood’s renaissance

In 1999, the city council passed the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, allowing underutilized structures to be converted into residential dwellings. Downtown’s renaissance had begun.*



 
 

→ 1999
Staples Center
AEG’s new palace is fit for the Kings and Lady Gaga.

 

→ 2002
The Standard Hotel
The boutique spot’s rooftop view turns us into tourists.

 

→ 2002
The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
The church brings the community together.

 

→ 2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gehry’s ship attracts worldwide acclaim.

 

→ 2003
Metro Gold line
The train connects the San Gabriel Valley to downtown.

 

→ 2004
Downtown Art Walk
The event draws in thousands and gives local talent exposure.

 

→ 2007
Ralph’s Fresh Fare
The market fills a need for the growing population.

 

→ 2007
The Edison
The speakeasy sparks a fancy cocktail scene.

 

→ 2007
L.A. live
The entertainment complex opens, bringing in the crowds.

 

→ 2008
Church & State
The bistro sets a high bar for the next foodie wave.

 

→ 2009
Bottega Louie
The restaurant-bakery revives a dead zone.

 

→ 2011
Gensler’s L.A. Office
The architecture firm’s arrival means major projects.

 

→ 2012
Grand Park
Twelve green acres provide much-needed fresh air.

 

→ 2013
Grand Central Market
The delicious L.A. landmark is revamped.

 

→ 2013
Urban Outfitters
The big retailer makes a bold move; others soon follow.

 

→ 2014
Ace Hotel
The establishment gives Broadway a hip upgrade.

*Source: Downtown Center Improvement District

Photographs courtesy: The Standard: The Standard Hotel; Disney Hall: Shutterstock; The Edison: Juan Tallo; The Ace Hotel: Squire Fox; Church & State: Jean-Pierre Vanhoegaerden; Grand Central Market and Bottega Louie credit not listed

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