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This week's Throwback Thursday captures three years of change at the Commercial Exchange Building in Downtown Los Angeles, which has recently been reactivated as the newest outpost of the Freehand Hotel chain.

The before image, captured in July 2014, shows the building as it appeared before Sydell Group began its $40-million conversion project.

The latter image, taken in July 2017, shows a reactivated ground plane along 8th Street.

Killefer Flammang Architects designed the project, with transformed the interior of the 13-story, 93-year-old office building into a mixture of 226 hotel rooms with a fitness center and a rooftop deck.  Another highlight of the development is its iconic blade sign, which is now regularly lit for the first time since the mid-1950s.

Proposed Weingart Center Towers Take a Step Forward

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