Supporting Sustainable Commercial and Residential Development in Historic Downtown Los Angeles.


The Society for the Preservation of Downtown Los Angeles is dedicated to enforcing the highest standards in architecture and urban planning, inspiring best practices to serve the overall public good, promoting green space, and preserving physical and visual access to historic districts and landmarks. As this community of residents, business owners and visitors continues to blossom, our organization strives to preserve the unique and protected architectural gems of Downtown Los Angeles, define a zone of respect for its iconic buildings and landmarks, promote sensible urban planning, and to protect its exceptional culture and history. We call for a thoughtful balance between the past and the present, between the iconic buildings of yesterday and the bold hi-rises of tomorrow. We welcome the kind of development that brings density and prosperity to downtown Los Angeles, while preserving the integrity of its historic landscape.

SP-DTLA Goals:

1. Create a ZONE OF RESPECT for Historic Buildings and Monuments

Like many of the great cities of the world, who have enacted specific regulations in the form of a “Zone of Respect” and a “View Shed” around historic structures and the like, we propose something similar for the Arts District and Historic Core.  These would specifically govern height, character, setbacks and the like for all structures going in and around historic buildings. 

2. Support Redesign of Pershing Square

We see Pershing Square as the heart of DTLA.  It is the bridge between the Historic Areas and the Civic Center.  We are at a crossroads in its development.  It is essential that our voices be heard on the intention, design and execution.

3. SP-DTLA Green Initiative 

DTLA needs green spaces and innovative ideas to create them.  The SP-DTLA wants to introduce a Bond Issue Ballot Measure, backed by a hotel occupancy tax to construct SIX green spaces built on top of underground parking structures which can sustain their maintenance and solve some density/parking issues facing DTLA.  We want to get enough signatures on the ballot to make this a part of our future.


For all those developers doing it right in DTLA,  our goal is to sponsor discussions that will lead to streamlining the process of permitting. As an organization we will demand:

  • How can we better support and encourage their efforts?
  • What are the city regulations that are particularly challenging that could be reconsidered?  
  • How do we loosen the red tape?

5.  Projects We Champion

6. Projects of Concern

920 South Hill 
850 South Hill


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