In short. DWP Green scientists moving in. Greenies will not displace remaining retail. Urth Caffé nerd- to-hipster ratio expected to increase as quickly as city utility rates. And while we are at it, let's just make Dakota an honorary citizen of the Arts District. She
follows up on 537 Hewitt Streetat
Tuesday, the DWP Board approved the purchase of 501, 537 South
Hewitt Street and 516, 524, and 542 Colyton Street for $11.125 million.
According to the DWP's agenda, the campus will create approximately 350
new jobs, and serve as a place to develop and commercialize new energy
and water technologies, and perform Smart Grid and electric vehicle
research (some of this is also via a partnership with the Community
Redevelopment Agency's business incubator project).
HBK confirmed DWP's approval of the
purchase while the utility does the standard no comment. CRA did not return calls to CurbedLA, but did previously announced plans for a proposed Clean Technology Development Center with DWP.
A quick search of the late Chick Hearn found an often used photo of the Laker broadcaster (here found at a blog at Daily News). It resembles the new statue just unveiled at Staples Center. Still, it's unlikely sculptor/artist Omri Amrany will be saddled by the same controversy now following HOPE by Shepard Fairey.
The photo of Hearn is uncredited on numerous sites.
Huffington Post contributor Lisa Adams was on the early Arts District committees that planted these yellow trees, caught in final colors a few days ago. That tree hugging that began with Drew Lesso, Tim Keating, Adams and Joel Bloom, came back on line earlier this month and new faces joined neighborhood vets to plant trees along East 3rd.
Remembrance of Things Past: The Original Los Angeles Arts District and the Yellow Trees. [view]
Councilwoman Jan Perry is in Washington DC multitasking. One scheduled stop is at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Gala, where Perry will be honored with the 2010 Environmental Service Award for her lead with the Wetlands projects in South L.A.
Politics in theater? Who knew? Based on how "Next to Normal" won this years Pulitizer, some may fear Nathan Lane Broadway Musical Addams Family will fester off bad notices and win in 2011. I may root for the just announced new play "Lombardi" that is will be produced by the NFL.
The Arts District color committee didn't take off for an early weekend. On Friday, they arranged for yellow leaves on the tree, sprinkled some on the ground to land against the green curb, found a matching bike, and sought a coffee drinker with the right cap to walk by.