Last night after work we all visited the new park in Downtown L.A. "Vista Hermosa" park. Its located just West of Beaudry on 1st street. The park is huge...really big with lots of great landscaping. In addition to the great amenities such as, picnic tables and benches, trees, restrooms and a water feature it boasts one of the best views of downtown L.A.
Yesterday Dodger and I took a long walk to Staples Center to catch the scene before Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs. Unfortunately we got there after the game had started but we were able to take some photos of the ESPN Fan Zone.
My only problem with visiting Staples is that their security thinks they own the entire block. I was incorrectly told that there is no public sidewalk on either side of Chick Hearn Drive. That is Wrong! There is always a public easement 10 feet from the curb in. Regardless, Staples Security and an LAPD officer gave me the boot.
If you go and they won't let you visit with your dogs tell them there is a public sidewalk and you can stay there as long as you want.
As some of you know, I've decided to run for a position on the DLANC Board as the Resident Director of the Bunker Hill area. After careful thought and consideration I believe this opportunity is the best way to express my feels and those of other downtown residents as to how to make downtown a more livableenvironment.
Thank you for your consideration and support on Election Day June 12, 2008.
When not galavanting around downtown L.A., you can find Dodger wrapped up and cozy on the couch. Although we've been slow in updating the page, these last few months have been filled with so many fun events around town. Not forgetting all the great Dog Walk Downtown L.A. events.
I'm the first to admit I'm taken by all the changes that's occurred in downtown Los Angeles these past few years. Like many dt residents I've had a connection to this area long before Staples Center and the loft/condo boom. That said I'm glad to see all the new shops and services opening up. But today I had to find one of my all time dt favorites. Over the past year or so what used to be a common sight in the fashion district has disappeared.
Yes! I am talking about the bacon wrapped hotdog cart. Regardless of which side of the (health code) fence you sit, anyone who's ever spent time in the garment district of downtown L.A. has smelled, seen and most likely fallen for those street side treats the bacon wrapped hotdogs. Over the past year or so there numbers have fallen. Stiffer enforcement by the Public Health Department and the LAPD has driven most of the bandit carts off the main streets. In their place are "licensed" hot dog stands which I'd imagine have very nice and healthy dogs but they don't sell bacon wrapped hotdogs. Lucky for me, today was a good day. Yes, yes, I found me a bacon dog stand.
They say the smell of food can bring back fond memories from your past. Well, for me, downtown will always smell like a sizzling bacon wrapped hotdog.
It seems like downtown Los Angeles is changing so fast. New Bars and restaurants are opening up everyday and a few weeks ago downtown welcomed a new pet supply shop. Pussy and Pooch on the corner of 5th and Main formally opened its doors with a grand opening bash.
Dodger and Aggie had a great time meeting new friends and trying some gourmet doggie chow. With such new additions downtown is starting to feeling more like a neighborhood.
Now that the holidays are behind us, things at work and home are getting back to normal. Early morning walks and late afternoon potty runs fill most of the week but on the weekends it’s nice to break up the routine.
This past weekend we were treated to the first downtown L.A. fleamarket. Although it was a tad small, clearly the framework of something bigger was in place. Kudos to the organizers as we saw countless dogs at the “swap meet” and their attendance seemed welcomed.
Earlier in the month it was great to catch up with some friends and kick off the New Year at another Downtown L.A. Dog Walk. On this note, everyone is encouraged to attend next weeks Park and Recreations Department 2008 Community Needs Assessment Meeting at the DWP Building. Details below.