Downtown LA has enormous potential. When I took these photos, I noticed the most beautifully constructed buildings to be abandoned..When will these buildings ever be put to good use?Just viewed your DF pictures and those make Downtown LA look like a sad place. Of course there is so much going on in other parts of LA but core to core, our core is still needs alot of life added.
Well downtown could certainly use a few chain stores and fancy restuarants and still maintain its local indepedent stores. Im sure they're are patrons for both.With the right planning, LA could gentrify in the similar way San Francisco did, but the debate is whether that is healthy for the city or not. Chain stores and fancy restaurants could populate DTLA and turn the city into another Third Street Promenade, but is it fair to do so by kicking out the local independent stores and stores catering to non-gentrified interests?
I think LA could very easily gain the tourism that San Francisco gets, but it would have to gentrify and bring in chain stores. I'm not sure if that is healthy or not, but it would definitely bring in foot traffic and tourism.