Our friends at CBRE recently created this map of downtown LA’s Arts District, which gives a thorough overview of the growth that is coming to the area.
The Arts District is an industrial warehouse area on the southeast corner of downtown, which in decades past marked the top of a huge manufacturing and shipping corridor which stretched from downtown LA to the ports.
Lured to the area by cheap rents and large spaces, the area was mostly occupied by artists in recent years, and is starting to lure a number of businesses and quality destinations.
LA Clean Tech Incubator recently opened their La Kretz campus adjacent to the DWP building, and recently hosted Vice President Biden. A couple blocks away, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Tech has been expanding space by space in the past couple years.
Transplants such as SoHo House, Smorgasburg, and Slanted Door are planting stakes at this intersection of art and commerce, and developments such as City Market South and At Mateo will appease the clientele who frequent acclaimed destinations such as Bestia and Church & State.
The Arts District maintains a grittiness that appeals to San Francisco and New York City expats (even VC firm Greycroft has set up shop here), a quality whose edges will smooth as more businesses move into one of LA’s hottest developments.