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Downtown Up with Sandy Bleifer

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The Last Bookstore

453 South Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

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The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Sandy Bleifer and Downtown Up, her photographic documentary book of downtown Los Angeles at a seminal point in its revitalization beginning in the mid-1990s when the historic neighborhood was being "reinvented" by urban pioneers. Join us to learn the backstory of some of Los Angeles' iconic buildings in the Historic Core.

Sandy Bleifer applies her artistic eye to the defining elements of downtown Los Angeles' Historic Core and helps to create a new vision for their revitalization and reuse.

A photographic narrative of the return to economic and social viability of downtown Los Angeles, which began in the mid-1990s. The pictures simulate a focused walk through the Historic Core - its rich architectural detail, its human-scaled density and its reconnection to the modern office towers on Bunker Hill - looping back to the Central Business District and graphically illustrating how the built environment - both old and new - made the present revitalization possible.

The sequence of these photographs take you on a walking tour from the Historic Core, up Angel’s Flight to Bunker Hill and down the Bunker Hill Steps to the Central Business District following the evolving relationship between the revitalization of the Historic Core and its growing connectivity to Bunker Hill. Public Art and great architecture draw you along. The journey creates a narrative drawn from an inventory of architectural and cultural assets captured at a turning point in the mid-1990s.




Sandy Bleifer, Artist / Broker / Consultant / Commercial Real Estate Specialist, founded DownTown LA Realty in 1996 envisioning a vibrant residential and business community in the neglected historic and industrial sections of downtown LA and set about to convey that vision to those who had long disregarded the area. She was responsible for the sale of the Linda Lea Theater – subsequently rehabilitated as an exhibitor of independent and niche films; the Victor Building – a downtown icon that as been converted to affordable lofts for artists; and the Holly Hills office tower – subsequently developed into housing. She has focused on the vital services a community needs including placing the Big Picture Charter School in the heart of the business district, and established Reliant Urgent Care – emergency medical services for residents, visitors and the daytime workforce downtown.




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