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Yesterday, the the General Services Administration granted a first look at Downtown's $350-million Federal Courthouse.

The 10-story structure, located at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, features 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.  Tenants include several Federal agencies, including the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Marshals Services, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Public Defender and the U.S. Attorney Office.

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the new courthouse to resemble a cube floating above a stone base.  Its serrated glass facade is oriented to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce glare.

The project also incorporates a number of sustainable design elements, with the goal of attaining LEED Platinum Certification.

Look below for a photo tour of the building, courtesy of Hunter Kerhart.

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.
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In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit