We owe thanks to the owners of Bottega Louie for all of the new enthusiasm that restaurant has generated for our city center. Among other fast growing retail and hospitality joints popping up (seemingly) everywhere, it feels like we're heading out of that 2008 slump when the bottom of the economy fell out.
Time to return to L.A.'s core
"The residential population nearly tripled from 2000 to 2008. Restaurants, bars and even a grocery store opened. USA Today -- a leading journal, you might say, of the gentrified -- was moved earlier this year to describe the neighborhood as "a once-abandoned, ignored and decaying downtown that's now a hip and trendy hangout."
"What's different and compelling about downtown is that these deposits are separated by mere blocks instead of several miles -- a distance that can easily be navigated on foot or on a bike. (The increasingly lively part of Spring Street, for example, has a village feel, but it is a village that happens to be within walking distance of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center, City Hall, two branches of MOCA and a public library designed by the great Bertram Goodhue.) And that, in turn, leaves open the real possibility of ground-level urban discovery that has always been so tough to find in Los Angeles."
Great (Opinion) Article at the LA TIMES: