Saturday, June 18, 2016

Downtown LA the Overachiever

I've recently seen three very impressive things in Downtown LA.  Behold!
Blossom Plaza, Chinatown
Blossom Plaza is a newly-completed mixed-use development, which directly connects to the Chinatown Gold Line Station platform!  You can walk from the development directly into the train station without having to go to the street.  To top it all off, there's affordable housing in the mix.  This project took out a blighted site that used to house a restaurant but had sat vacant for years.  The project provides density and badly-needed housing close to transit.  It has public parking, but you have to pay for it.  In other words, it's hitting all the right urbanist notes.  Well done DTLA.  But wait, there's more . . .

Protected Bike Lane, Los Angeles Street
This is pretty rare folks, a protected bike lane!  There is a phyiscal separation between where cars drive and where bikes bike (plastic bollards with reflectors).  This bad boy comes complete with bicycle traffic signals and bus islands that project out into the street and minimize conflicts with bicycles.  To top it all of, DTLA will be hosting the rollout of LA's first-ever bike share system next month.  Daaaaamn!  As if that weren't impressive enough . . .

Concrete Pour, northwest Corner, 8th St. and Spring St.
An armada of cement trucks is seen here pouring concrete as part of the construction of a 24-story mixed-use tower that is taking out a former parking lot.  An impressive sight to be sure, providing many jobs and housing opportunities.  It seems like everywhere you look in Downtown, there's massive construction going on.  It's amazing to see a place saying yes to so many good ideas at the same time.  Keep it up!

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