LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN NEWS Volume 38, Number 38 INSIDE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT September 21, 2009 A report featuring the latest information on 109 Downtown projects, along with a special Downtown Residential section. 7-28 W W W. D O W N T O W N N E W S . C O M Affordable Housing Complex Comes Full Circle Striking New Carver Apartments Debuts This Week by Anna Scott staff writer A City Hall battle continues. 3 Time to count all the bicycles. 5 Play 4th and Long Football and win prizes. 6 W hen the developer of the New Carver Apartments celebrates the building’s grand opening this week, at least one question will not be a point of concern: how to fill the 97 units. While the developers of market-rate projects throughout Downtown Los Angeles are scrambling to lure renters and buyers in the current economy, the New Carver’s apartments are reserved for homeless, disabled residents. The New Carver is not the only new project providing permanent supportive housing, which in ad- by Ryan Vaillancourt F 32 Reviewing L.A. Opera’s ‘Elixir of Love.’ 33 photo by Gary Leonard Mike Alvidrez of Skid Row Housing Trust at the New Carver Apartments. The $34 million project, which will serve homeless, disabled residents, celebrates its grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 24. The Post-Review Rush Prepping for the Downtown Restaurants and Bars Earn Poizinator Media Raves, and the Crowds Follow staff writer A unique look at new Iranian art. dition to a bedroom offers inhabitants a suite of services such as job training and mental health counseling. What really sets the building apart, however, is the striking, modern design by a prominent architect whose resume boasts expensive homes and museums. A ribbon cutting and grand opening party for the project at 17th and Hope streets will take place Thursday, Sept. 24. The event will also celebrate SRHT’s 20th anniversary. It is an appropriate venue for the occasion, as the New Carver in some ways represents the culmination of two decades of building see New Carver, page 29 or many Angelenos, Downtown has long been a place to play urban explorer in their own city, going out to semi-secret bars or eateries for a rare excursion away from their usual favorites. Those days seem to be over. In the past few years, dozens of new bars and restaurants have sprung up in the Historic Core, South Park, and the Financial and Arts districts. As a result, not only are more people coming Downtown to eat and drink — and not just before games at Staples Center or shows at the Music Center — but some of the city’s major media outlets are noting the community’s place on the L.A. eating and drinking map. Take the September issue of Los Angeles magazine. The cover story touted 16 watering holes as the city’s best new bars. Six are located in Downtown. Santa Monica and West Hollywood were the only other locales to get more than one nod. Tyler Wilson, co-owner of Wurstküche, an exotic-sausage and beer joint in the Arts District, made the best bars list (Wurstküche has more than 40 beers on its menu). The nearly year-old establishment also appeared on another citywide survey where Downtown fared well — it made it onto Pulitzer Prizewinning L.A. Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold’s esteemed “99 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants.” The ranking, which included nine Downtown restaurants, appeared in the Aug. 26 issue of the Weekly. see Reviews, page 30 Another Gubernatorial Candidate Drops In on Downtown State Insurance Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor Steve Poizner made a campaign stop last week at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. by Jon Regardie executive editor S teve Poizner is probably the third-coolest commissioner around. Elected in 2006 as the Insurance Commissioner of California, he falls behind second- Get ready to climb 1,500 steps. 33 34 CALENDAR LISTINGS 37 CLASSIFIEDS 39 MAP the regardie report photo by Gary Leonard Corkbar in South Park is one of the new Downtown bars and restaurants that have been lauded by the media. Numerous area establishments recently made a Los Angeles magazine ranking of the city’s best new bars and the L.A. Weekly’s list of 99 essential restaurants. place choice Paul Tagliabue (former commissioner of the NFL, who is cool because he made the league the dominant brand in sports) and first-place choice James Gordon (police commissioner of Gotham City, whose coolness comes from working closely with Batman). Poizner doesn’t have anything to do with professional football, and I seriously doubt he knows Batman. But since taking office three years ago, he has managed to win general praise for a job that pretty much only policy wonks even know exists. A Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur who gave up the private sector for, well, the dangerous and exotic world of overseeing the insurance industry, he has benefited many in the state by helping enact policies that led insurance carriers to lower see Poizner, page 40 Since 1972, an independent, locally owned and edited newspaper, go figure.