pwrights's comment about his hometown & his family's connection to its dt, & brudy's noting that the demographics of his bldg have changed from older to younger, & applying things like that to the way various age & income groups will deal with homeless ppl & the presence of skid row in dtla....not to mention the still largely unkempt look of broadway....does make predictions of the hood's future a bit more tricky than it otherwise would be.
a lot depends on whether projs like izek shomof's apt tower at broadway & 4th really do move forward & what type of response they get from renters. Because of the shabbiness or gaps throughout broadway, & other sections between the civic ctr to the north & around 3rd st to the south, this proj has the potential to be more of a game changer to its immediate surroundings than anything going up on figueroa around staples ctr. The area around the 1200 south fig proj is somewhat more of a blank slate right now, so it doesn't put as much of a damper on the tone of dtla the way broadway does, much less skid row further to the east.
btw, based on the website of the jia apt proj in chinatown as of today, that bldg really does appear to be booking up at a faster rate than the highrise apt towers at wilshire & vermont. The question is that due to new housing closer to dt being in greater demand than something closer to mid wilshire? Or is it due to the higher rents in a highrise proj scaring off potential renters, whose monthly budget can only handle what's offered by owners of shorter, wood framed apt projs?
Of the 3 highrise apt towers built in dt over the past several yrs, 2 of them didn't give the public a continuous view of the number of apts that were available at any given time, while the 3rd one, the apex, did show which of their units were open for tenants. But it indicated units in that bldg moved more slowly than what I've seen for new apt projs like 1111 wilshire, jia or any of the bldgs owned by gh palmer, or the 'stumpies'.
as for a few of the older highrises renovated for housing, mainly barry shy's tower on Spring st, they too never gave the public a peek of how well their units were filling up after opening day. But shy's ambitions to put a totally new highrise tower on main st....across from the PE lofts bldg....suggests what he has experienced with his existing properties gives him enough confidence to move to the next level. however, as with izek Shomof, the clock is ticking with him too, since he's yet to break ground on his highrise.
btw, I recall when the classic old PE bldg on Main St, so very close to skid row, was first converted to apts many yrs ago....seems like 1000 yrs ago...my initial reaction was how the heck are they going to get ppl to rent units in that bldg, in that part of dtla!!??? The rest, as they say, is history.