Downtown Arts District: 6 Things That Will Change the Neighborhood's Future
|The design for the new 6th Street Bridge, one of many upcoming developments in the Arts District|
This week's L.A. Weekly profiles the one of the city's hottest neighborhoods: the downtown Arts District. Check out the other stories in our series:
*Tyler Stonebreaker: Curator of the Downtown Arts District
*How the Arts District Got Its Name
*5 Best Places to Eat in the Downtown Arts District
The Arts District is undergoing major developments that are not only changing the face of the neighborhood but also are indicative of larger trends in the city related to transportation, public space and sustainability. These six projects are intended to add residents and businesses to the area, deliver much-needed green space and connect the neighborhood to communities across the river.
6. 6th Street Bridge
The "concrete cancer" that's requiring the demolition of this historic bridge will make way for an ambitious, competition-winning proposal by HNTB, Michael Maltzan and AC Martin Partners. The new viaduct will accommodate cars as well as pedestrians and cyclists and provide expansive parks on both sides of the river. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and finish by 2019.
5. Alameda Square
While not officially inside the Arts District, the 1.5 million-square-foot former Union Terminal Annex on the west side of Alameda Street is converting its empty warehouses into space for creative and fashion brands (two of its buildings have long been occupied by American Apparel, and Splendid and Ella Moss are moving in soon). Designed by Joey Shimoda with Tyler Stonebreaker's firm as a development partner, the complex will have a public outdoor marketplace for retail stalls and food trucks.
4. Cleantech Corridor
This 4-mile-long district along both sides of the L.A. River hopes to lure businesses specializing in sustainable manufacturing and green technologies. In the heart of the corridor, the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, an organization that funds such businesses, currently occupies a temporary warehouse space but is building the La Kretz Innovation Campus at Fifth and Hewitt, a 60,000-square-foot complex with office space, R&D labs and a workforce training center.