Since the late 1990s, a construction boom has transformed Downtown Los Angeles from a sleepy office district into a thriving urban hub. The City is now looking to guide the next 20 years of development in the neighborhood through the DTLA 2040 process, which will update both the Central City and Central City North community plans.
In the more than 15 years since the two plans were last updated, Downtown’s population has doubled from an estimated 27,849 residents to nearly 60,000 today. In addition to a plethora of large commercial and residential developments, this population boom has coincided with a number of transportation improvements affecting the neighborhood, including the Metro Bike Share program and extensions of both the Expo and Gold Lines. Other infrastructure projects with relevance to Downtown include the new Regional Connector subway, the California High Speed Rail system and a proposed streetcar system.
In planning for the future, the City is considering forecasts by the Southern California Association of Governments, which predict more and additional 125,000 residents, 70,000 housing units and 55,000 jobs in Downtown by the year 2040. The guiding principals in this effort are: Continu reading