AT30: The future of downtown Los Angeles
AirTalk
November 19, 2015

The revitalization of downtown Los Angeles has been a long time in the making.

Just a decade ago, it wouldn’t be a stretch to describe the titular center of the city as a ghost town – a place where office bees spent 8 hours a day and then quickly hightailed home. But then things started to happen: from the construction of condominiums to the growth of cultural events like the Downtown Art Walk and the influx of hip spots such as Bestia and the Ace Hotel, this historic urban space has been transformed and reborn.

But with growth comes growing pains. Rents in the area have gone up considerably, making a once an affordable area out of reach for many. And rapid development has run up against a growing homeless population that has long called downtown Los Angeles home.

In this rebroadcast of the AT30 live event at the Broad museum, Larry Mantle leads a discussion on what the future of downtown Los Angeles holds.
Guests:

Alice Callaghan, Founder and Director, Las Familias Del Pueblo

Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Council Member representing District 14 and co-chair of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee

Jon Regardie, Executive Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News

Carol Schatz, President & CEO of Central City Association of Los Angeles

Brian Traynam, Co-owner, The Escondite bar; former co-owner, Bar 107

Brigham Yen, Downtown resident and founder of the blog, DTLA Rising

To listen to the full AirTalk discussion, click here.