Thursday, March 27, 7:30 pm at The Orpheum Theatre
The Future of Broadway
Moderated by Jerry Sullivan, editor and publisher, Los Angeles Garment & Citizen
Broadway has long been the heart of Downtown, from its heyday as a center of high-end retail, professional offices and entertainment to its more recent incarnation as a bargain strip of clothiers, jewelers, music shops and mom & pop restaurants. Now residential developments are claiming space on Broadway, chic bars draw an upscale crowd from all over town, and one of the old movie palaces has been completely renovated as a venue for hot-ticket musical acts and a variety of other events. Downtown boosters see a continued move upscale for Broadway, while others wonder what that will mean for the jobs and services the thoroughfare currently provides for blue-collar Angelenos. L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar, Orpheum Theatre/Anjac Fashion Buildings owner Steve Needleman, Bus Riders Union lead organizer Manuel Criollo, and CRA Deputy Chief of Operations Don Spivack visit ZÃ³calo to discuss if there is room for both.
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