Neighbourhood stroll: Take in L.A.’s creative renaissance on foot in the Arts District

Illustration By Leeandra Cianci

 

At one point in time, most of America’s produce came from L.A.’s Terminal Market, a sprawling concrete complex built along the Southern Pacific Railroad in the early 1920s. Still in part home to a regional fruit and vegetable hub (and location of the popular Sunday market, Smorgasburg L.A.), the 33-acre space is being transformed into ROW DTLA, a still-growing collective of shops, restaurants and offices sure to signal the Arts District’s arrival.

Unlike similar shopping areas in other cities, such as, say, Miami, ROW DTLA isn’t interested in the titans of the fashion world. Instead, it houses rising L.A. talents such as Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, an accessible collection of progressive classics for men and women, and Galerie. LA, the first store by Dechel Mckillian, a celebrity stylist who focuses on emerging, eco-friendly brands.

Its tenants are trickling in, and once fully occupied, ROW DTLA will be home to more than 100 of the city’s most anticipated businesses, including TartineManufactory, a two-storey food hall, restaurant and bakery hailing from SanFrancisco that tourists have already begun lining up for, despite the fact that it doesn’t open until June. 777 South Alameda Street, rowdtla.com.