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.

Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

The Downtown nonprofit hopes to build high-rise affordable housing at 6th and San Pedro.

In early 2017, the Weingart Center for the Homeless filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct new affordable housing on two sites at the intersection of 6th and San Pedro Streets in Downtown Los Angeles.  That project has taken a key step forward, with the publication of an environmental report by the Department of City Planning