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The Arts District Paints A Different Side Of Downtown L.A.

Neon Tommy |
February 20, 2014 | 12:24 p.m. PST

Staff Reporters

(Wilson Pumpernickel/Neon Tommy)
(Wilson Pumpernickel/Neon Tommy)
As the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles shifts into gear, the Arts District — located on the east side of downtown — is going through its own kind of Renaissance. 

In 1981, Los Angeles passed an ordinance that allowed for residential use of former industrial buildings. Since then, artists and other creative-types have flocked to the District for its open floor plans, a blank canvas for both homes and businesses.

Now, these once abandoned buildings are filled with funky wares and great stories, snapshots of downtown life which a group of Neon Tommy reporters set out to find.

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This story is part of a Neon Tommy special on the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. Click #reviveDTLA for more.

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