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By now it’s a classic, almost-cliche tale of urban revitalization: artists seeking dirt cheap studio spaces descend on a post-industrial, less-frequented part of town. They open a few galleries, a book store, a coffee shop. Then a groundbreaking new restaurant opens. Bam! Suddenly that under-the-radar, grimy stretch of warehouses is one of the coolest neighborhoods in town. Such is the trajectory of L.A.’s downtown Arts District, which began its slow crawl to “It” neighborhood way back in the ‘70s, when the first batch of enterprising young creatives moved in. That, of course, was before Bestia , before Shinola, and before Stumptown—and well before the herds of tourists wielding... Full story

22 April