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Plans to Expand The Arts District Might Bring On An Identity Crisis

Mural 1Amidst the real estate boom that is rapidly changing the landscape of Downtown L.A., the Arts District might have found a way to keep its eclectic vibe intact.

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has put forth adraft ordinance refererred to as the Interim Live/Work Zone, which will permit the construction of more live/work spaces in the Arts District, a neighborhood in the eastern part of Downtown Los Angeles.

Creatives have been calling the Arts District home for decades. In the 1970s, artists began flocking to the area in hopes of leasing warehouse space that was extremely affordable during a time when the neighborhood was worse for wear. By the early 1980s, the City of Los Angeles had made it legal for these former industrial spaces to be converted into live/work spaces through the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) ordinance.

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