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Downtown LA Is Back in Fashion as Big Brands and Retailers Revive Its Historic Broadway District

Downtown L.A. is back in fashion — and it’s a revival that took nearly 35 years to happen.
At the turn of the 20th century, the area was the epicenter of commerce and entertainment, with department stores, markets and theaters lining the Broadway strip. Shows headlined by Charlie Chaplin and Houdini to Lena Horne and Judy Garland lured big crowds and their dollars. It rivaled commercial cosmopolitan hubs in San Francisco and New York.
But by the 1980s through the early 2000s, the middle and upper classes, as well as retailers, mostly bolted for the suburbs and satellite cities, leading to vacancies and limited access to popular footwear and apparel chains in L.A. proper.
“Major brands went to Beverly Hills or Santa Monica or Century City,” said Brigham Yen, a real estate agent who has blogged about DTLA’s development for nearly a decade on his namesake website. “Flagships are [typically] located in city centers of major cities. In L.A., it’s never in L.A. — and that’s embarrassing. That’s why it’s not looked at as a serious city.”
Now the Broadway area is having a revival in retail with sneakerheads, artists and trendsetters. In the last five years, the South Broadway section in particular has

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Via:: https://footwearnews.com/2019/business/retail/downtown-la-sneaker-stores-s-broadway-retail-jumpman-vans-1202744957/