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Steve Fifield rides the ups and downs of real estate development

Steve Fifield rides the ups and downs of real estate development

The gig: Steve Fifield, 68, is co-founder and principal of Century West Partners, a Los Angeles developer that has nearly 1,500 luxury apartment units under construction across the region. Century West is particular active in Koreatown, a neighborhood awash in new apartments, restaurants and bars. Before starting the firm in 2010, the Indiana native was well known in Chicago, where under the Fifield name he built high-rise office towers. To date, Fifield's companies have constructed more than 6 million square feet of offices and more than 7,000 residences nationwide.

Ground floor: Fifield grew up in Gary, Ind., where his father and grandfather built...

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