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grand central market redux

grand central market

i’m excited to hear that the grand central market is going to see some upgrades. it was almost twelve years ago when i was serving jury duty and stumbled on the grand central market for lunch, which helped the plant the seed for me to move downtown a couple of years later and set the stage for all the awesome things that have happened since.

the market seemed to be having a fairly rough go of it ever since i moved downtown, even before competition like the new ralphs market opened. the hours didn’t really accommodate the new residential influx, and few of the vendors seemed to notice what was happening in the neighborhood around them. i am optimistic that with many of the existing vendors having long-term leases already, they won’t be priced out, and their presence should help keep the market grounded and accessible to the diverse downtown community.

but empty retail space is a dream

saeed farkhondehpour, developer of the medallion at 4th and main in downtown los angeles, plans to challenge the downtown women’s center’s plans to open a second-hand store because he thinks “a lot of people will not want to come shop near secondhand stores.”

so the toy district, where you can find blocks of stores selling nearly the exact same items, would somehow be tarnished by a second-hand store run by a non-profit organization in a space that is currently just a building behind an iron fence.

yeah, i don’t buy it.

goodbye to goodwill


the goodwill in downtown los angeles, on broadway between 2nd and 3rd, closed yesterday as explained by the los angeles times the day before it closed. we were planning to bring by a donation last week, but got rained out. now we’ll have to trek to the next-closest drop-off location when we finally get our act together.

kimura photomart is closed. last day was may 29, according to another sign. #dtla #littletokyo

filming on a @metrolosangeles bus in #dtla

smiling graffiti cat at 3rd and main. #dtla #graffiti

graffiti on the steps of st. vibiana cathedral. #dtla

the christmas tree at city hall is big. the wires holding it up don't look good. #dtla