In 1999, the city council passed the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, allowing underutilized structures to be converted into residential dwellings. Downtown’s renaissance had begun.*
AEG’s new palace is fit for the Kings and Lady Gaga.
The Standard Hotel
The boutique spot’s rooftop view turns us into tourists.
The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
The church brings the community together.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Gehry’s ship attracts worldwide acclaim.
Metro Gold line
The train connects the San Gabriel Valley to downtown.
Downtown Art Walk
The event draws in thousands and gives local talent exposure.
Ralph’s Fresh Fare
The market fills a need for the growing population.
The speakeasy sparks a fancy cocktail scene.
The entertainment complex opens, bringing in the crowds.
Church & State
The bistro sets a high bar for the next foodie wave.
The restaurant-bakery revives a dead zone.
Gensler’s L.A. Office
The architecture firm’s arrival means major projects.
Twelve green acres provide much-needed fresh air.
Grand Central Market
The delicious L.A. landmark is revamped.
The big retailer makes a bold move; others soon follow.
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