as downtown l.a. grows trendier, spring street arcade is left behind


Sam Allen and Hector Becerra


Los Angeles Times

Joel Kotkin, an urban studies fellow at Chapman University, says the shift is evident all around downtown.

It’s the “gradual dissolution of one economy — a really vibrant, unique economy — and an attempt to replace it with another,” he says. “The question is, are we just seeing the death of something that will be replaced, or will we have this parallel universe of yuppies alongside the decline?”