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