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
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
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.