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Uncommon Ground III: Arts District Neighborhood Planning Workshop

Join your neighbors this Saturday, March 24, 9 AM to 5 PM at SCI-Arc.

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For 30 years, the residents of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles have cultivated a neighborhood rooted in the ideal of “Uncommon Ground” — a place where individuality is expressed and differences are appreciated. These attributes are essential for the production of creative work. The uncommon character and spirit of the Arts District makes it unlike any other neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Uncommon Ground III is a community planning workshop for invited Arts District stakeholders. It is sponsored by the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA), the community’s 501c4 community betterment association; the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC); and the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space (LADADspace) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit seeking to build a community arts center. The workshop is an all-day event (9 AM to 5 PM) that takes place on the campus of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) on Saturday, March 24.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together Arts District stakeholders, including property owners, developers, residents, representatives of arts organizations, local business owners, and employees to develop strategies to cope with the evolution of the community over the next decade. City planning officials and the planning deputies of Council District’s 9 and 14 will participate, as will invited guests with special expertise, including architects, artist residents and staff from SCI-Arc. Two major developments will soon bring dramatic changes to the neighborhood: (1) Santa Fe One, a mixed-use project with space for residential units, ground-floor retail outlets, and nonprofits such as LADADspace’s community arts center, is planned for the east side of Santa Fe between E. 1st and E. 3rd St.; and, (2) the village center development is slated for the empty acreage adjacent to SCI-Arc on E. 3rd St. Both projects offer challenges and opportunities — not the least is which is how to preserve the Arts District as a true creative community that has made significant contributions to the cultural vitality of Los Angeles over the past half century while maximizing opportunities for the developers of those projects to meet their economic goals.

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