This week's edition of Throwback Thursday highlights nearly fifty years of change in Downtown Los Angeles.

The before image, captured by an unknown photographer sometime in 1959 or 1960, shows a view of Downtown from just west of the Harbor Freeway - which was at the time just a few years old.  The Central City, famously devoid of high-rise buildings until the lifting of height restrictions in the 1950s, still retained its relatively low-slung character.  Several landmark buildings that are no longer with us - including the old Statler Hilton (later renamed the Wilshire Grand) and the iconic Richfield Tower - are clearly visible, as well as other landmarks such as Superior Oil Building - now the Standard Hotel.

In January 2018, a photo by Hunter Kerhart from the same location shows a vastly different landscape, dominated by modern high-rise buildings.  The Statler Hilton and the Richfield Tower have made way for the Wilshire Grand and City National Plaza, respectively.  The lone holdover from the before image - 1010 Wilshire - appears towards the right-hand side of the image.

From the Web

Beverly Hilton Development Takes a Step Forward

Local developer hopes to build a 23-story condo tower adjacent to the iconic hotel.

Two years after rejection at the ballot box, developer Beny Alagem is trying a more traditional route toward developing a high-rise condo tower adjacent to the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Earlier this year, Alagem filed for an amendment to the Beverly Hilton Specific Plan, which governs the buildable area on the triangular parcel at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.  While a portio