Sunday, September 1, 2013


After seven straight months of covering real estate and development news in this fantastic city of ours, The Industrious Angel will be taking a break to work on a new layout and design.  Posting will resume October 1st.

All the best,

J. Austin Russell

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Transit Village a Go!

The Eastsider reports that, on Wednesday, the City Council voted unanimously to reject an appeal brought by opponents to the Highland Park Transit Village project, and back measures that would  expedite the projects development.  Once completed, the project will feature 20 condominiums, and 60 rental units, and will run along the Figueroa Corridor, between North Avenue 52 and 56.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Little Tokyo's Rec Center

According to the Downtown News, The Budokan project, an effort to develop a rec center in Little Tokyo, received a $1.3 million dollar donation this week, bringing the total funding to $11 million, about half of what is needed.  Assuming the additional funding comes through, groundbreaking will begin in 2015.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Week in Fashion

Friday: Chic men's boutique, MRKT, is now open at Sunset and Hyperion, on the border of Silverlake and Los Feliz.  The 800 square foot store features ware from both local and international labels alike, all with a very edgy feel.

NYC based florist, Spruce, debuted its first ever LA store at the intersection of Fountain and Sunset in Los Feliz.

Monday: Online fashion flash sale broker, HauteLook, is moving its corporate headquarters into 7,500 square feet of space at downtown's Alameda Square, on 7th Street.

Tuesday: Come September 5th, local designer For Love & Lemons, is converting its downtown studio, at 7th and Santa Fe, into a semi retail space that will serve customers every Thursday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Walk to Union Station

Curbed reports that city authorities are in the process of widening the walkways connecting downtown to Union Station.  Additionally, artistic arches will be installed on Main Street, similar to those already in place on Los Angeles Street.

Monday, August 26, 2013

This Week in Food

Monday: Easton Gym, located at Beverly and Crescent Heights, is getting a new juice bar by the name of Mojo sometime next month.

Boba/coffee house MangoSix is headed to the corner of 3rd and Croft, on the BH/LA/WH border.

Tuesday: L.E.N.O. Juice Bar debuted today at 27th and Figueroa, near USC.

A fancy new jazz club, by the name of Wolf & Crane, is setting up shop at Little Tokyo Village on 2nd, near Central.  When it debuts this fall, it will be the first full service bar to open in Little Tokyo in over a decade.

A new bar, bearing the historic name of General Lee's, is headed to Old Chinatown Plaza, between Hill and Broadway.  By the sound of it, we should expect big things.

Businessman/Chef/God Josef Centeno (father of both Baco Mercat and Bar Ama) is getting ready to open his third restaurant in the Historic Core.  Orsa & Winston, located on 4th between Spring and Main, will soft open September 24th.

Wednesday: Whoa!  Sustainable meat butcher, Belcampo, is headed to downtown's Grand Central Market on 3rd, between Hill and Broadway.  Gentrify, baby, gentrify.

Thursday: Laguna Beach's very hip Zinc Cafe & Market is expanding to the Arts District.  The new store, located at Willow and Mateo, will open sometime this fall.

Ramen house, Daikokuya, at Olympic and Sawtelle, is now open (albeit ever so softly).

Friday: Up and coming Andante Coffee Roasters is opening up shop on the western corner of Beverly and The Grove Drive (near The Farmer's Market), at the former Buzz Coffee space.