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Council District 14 1st Quarter Report (DTLA)

Council District 14 1st Quarter Report (DTLA)

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 First Quarter Report Council District 14
Dear Friends:Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is a uniquely dynamic, exciting and thriving area of the City and Iam honored to represent Downtown as a Los Angeles City Councilmember.It is amazing to think that just two decades ago, DTLA was in a steady state of decline. Buildingswere vacant. Jobs were leaving the urban center. Very few people called DTLA home and thefuture vitality of our City center was in serious doubt. Today, DTLA’s outlook as a viable, vibrantand growing community has improved dramatically.The
Downtown News 
recently referred to DTLA as a “boomtown.” This apt description would havebeen unthinkable 20 years ago and is due to the tireless work of residents, developers, investors,business groups, civic leaders and concerned citizens.These early DTLA boosters sowed the seeds of growth, and today, despite the lingering effects ofa national recession, those efforts are bearing fruit.Today, DTLA is not only the center hub of our City’s hospitality, entertainment and culturalactivities, it is also home to some of the most interesting, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods in thecountry. DTLA simultaneously supports tens of thousands of residents, hundreds of thousands ofdaily workers and millions of annual tourists.While the DTLA improvements in recent years are profound, there is still much work to bedone. As Councilmember for the 14
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Council District, I have represented about 40 percent ofDowntown since my 2005 election. The 2012 redistricting changed this. Now, all of DTLA, with theexception of the L.A. Live campus, is within Council District 14.The responsibility of representing the near-entirety of DTLA is a great responsibility, but one I takeseriously. I believe a united DTLA is a stronger DTLA. Cohesive communities and consistency inrepresentation improves prospects for continued growth, better connects our neighborhoods, andallows more thoughtful planning now and in the future.
 
 First Quarter Report Council District 142
Photo by Carla Paola
As we outline in this report, my priorities for DTLA build off of three main tenets:1. Improving Downtown’s Livability and Planning Its Future2. Supporting Economic Development and Tourism3. Connecting Downtown’s NeighborhoodsAs Downtown’s Councilmember, I am committed to working alongside DTLA residents, businessmembers, civic organizations and citywide leaders to build on the foundation of incredible progresswe have already experienced. I look forward to helping put plans, policies, programs andpartnerships in place to ensure Downtown’s future as a world-class urban core.As I reflect on my first months representing all of DTLA, I thought it important and useful for us allto survey the current landscape, acknowledge the work that has already been done and set a clearpath and vision for what we want to achieve in the future. This report covers my office’s threeDTLA platform tenets. I hope it serves as a blueprint that can be used as we collaborate to ensurethat Downtown Los Angeles grows stronger, more vibrant and is poised for a bright andprosperous future.Sincerely,José HuizarCouncilmember, 14
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District
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Livability and Planning for the FutureParklets 4Spring St. Park 4Arts District Park 5Pershing Square Improvements 5Grand Park Opening 5City Hall Park Opening 6Planning Grants & Policies 6Changes in Funding Structures 6For ParksPermanent Supportive Housing 6Operation Healthy Streets 7Homelessness Funding 7New Schools 8Smart Development 8Economic Development & TourismBringing Back Broadway 9Substantial Economic Investment on Broadway 10Hotels and Tourism 10Recruiting Business Downtown 11Business Tax Holiday Extension 11Supporting Film Incentives 11New Helipad Guidelines 11Freight Transportation 12Supporting the Fashion Industry 12Connecting Downtown NeighborhoodsMore Bikeable Downtown 13More Walkable Downtown 14Neighborhood Identification 14Honoring Community Leaders 14Downtown Streetcar 14Regional Connector 15Union Station Master Plan 156
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St. Bridge Redesign Competition 167
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St. Bridge Accessibility Project 16

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