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The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward with nearly $180 million in tax subsidies for two major hotel projects. The goal? To boost construction around downtown’s Convention Center and lure developers who say it’s not worth it to them without an added bonus. And it could be a permanent tax subsidy. Can LA afford it when City Hall already struggles to fill potholes or respond quickly to fires? We’ll hear the pros and cons of enticing big name developers to build what – and where - city officials desire.

Also: What does your neighborhood smell like to you? We’ll hear from an artist who’s mapped the scent of the city.

Banner Image: Demolition of the Wilshire Grand Hotel, at 7th and Figueroa Streets, in Downtown Los Angeles. It will be replaced with the Wilshire Grand Tower, which will be part of a mixed-use hotel, retail, and office complex. Image Credit: Downtowngal

The Pros and Cons of Hotel Subsidies in LA 18 MIN, 13 SEC

Today the LA City Council took another step in approving subsidies for a major hotel development project downtown. The Frank Gehry designed Grand Avenue Project will bring housing restaurants and a 4 star hotel to a site across from the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The developer would be allowed to pocket at least $140 million in hotel tax revenues over the next 25 years, and the Council could pave the way for future hotels to keep millions in tax revenue as well.

Dave Zahniser is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Laura Lake, Fix the City (@FixTheCityLA)
Carol Schatz, President/CEO, Central City Association

Mapping the Scents of the City 8 MIN, 23 SEC

If you live in LA, there's a smell for pretty much every part of the city. One artist has an exhibit coming up at the Santa Monica Museum of Art this weekend that strictly uses the other sense to experience the diversity of our city. Steve Chiotakis spoke with Brian Goeltzenleuchter about the intricacies of putting Angeleno noses to the test.

Guests:
Brian Goeltzenleuchter, artist

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