Arts District, Los Angeles
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|— Neighborhood of Los Angeles —|
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|• City Council||José Huizar|
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|• U.S. House||Lucille Roybal-Allard|
The 'Arts District occupies the eastern side of Downtown Los Angeles. Its borders are roughly Alameda Street on the west, the 101 freeway on the north, the LA River to the east, and 7th Street to the south.
The Arts District is filled with older industrial and former railroad buildings. In 1981, the City of Los Angeles passed its "Artist in Residence" or "AIR" ordinance, which allowed residential use of formerly industrial buildings (artists had long used such spaces as living quarters illegally, and the AIR law sought to bring this practice into legality and regulation).
In the 1970s, these buildings started to become popular with the L.A. art community and artists began buying and renting the buildings for use as live/work spaces. By the turn of the 21st Century, the popularity of the neighborhood started attracting more affluent residents looking for the "artist lifestyle." However, many of the new residential developments have been undertaken by real estate developers, as opposed to artists themselves.
Recent gentrification has swelled the population, bringing new residents, many of whom are young professionals, to the area. They reside alongside the veteran resident artists and still-functioning industrial and manufacturing businesses.
Loft-style apartments and condos in restored industrial buildings now dot the landscape, but the Arts District is still home to a major rail yard, cold storage, warehouses, food processing, furniture and fashion design/manufacturing, personal storage, government facilities and film locations. It is also home to thousands of resident artists in live/work spaces that support creative entrepreneurial businesses and non-profits. In addition, the district is home to the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), a prominent school of architecture, and the Los Angeles offices of the Daily Journal, California's legal daily newspaper. Well-known restaurants, such as Wurstkuche, Americano, R23, Church & State, Urth Caffe, Villains Tavern and Tony's Saloon are located in the Arts District, shoe and apparel line Royal Elastics along with a variety of eclectic shops and galleries.
Coming in 2012, the Arts District will soon be the home of the new La Kretz CleanTech Innovation Campus.
At the beginning of 2013 the Art District will see a few more buildings come alive. One particular project is the grand re-opening of the Angel City Brewery, a microbrewery in the historic John A. Roebling's Sons Company building (on the boundary between the Arts District and Little Tokyo), which will offer beer tastings and tours on premises. Another project, which is across the street from Wurstkuche at 833 East 3rd Street will be transformed from a manufacturing building into multiple spaces being leased to retailers and restaurants by Pouya Abdi of PARALLEL Acquisitions & Holdings.
Media related to Arts District, Los Angeles at Wikimedia Commons
- Arts District curator Terry Ellsworth interviewed for the You Can't Eat The Sunshine podcast (2013).