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City West Development

ACROSS THE WAY: Skyscrapers in L.A.’s downtown, east of the Harbor Freeway, are reflected in the mirrored windows of a self-storage building on 6th Street in the City West area. (Mark Boster / LAT)
IN THE MOVIES: Set painter Keni Davis takes a lunch break on the back lot of the 20-acre Los Angeles Center Studios campus. (Mark Boster / LAT)
WHAT A VIEW: Project engineer Aaron Case looks out the windows of a newly built loft in the old 1100 Wilshire tower, where new tenants favor the view of Los Angeles’ skyline as a plus for moving to City West, across the Harbor Freeway from downtown. (Mark Boster / LAT)
NEW IDENTITY: Construction continues in the lobby of 1100 Wilshire, a 37-story geometric structure that never quite succeeded as an office building. It is being reinvented as 230 high-end, open and airy lofts to attract urban professional tenants. (Mark Boster / LAT)
MAKEOVER: Critics fear that many people will be displaced as areas such as Bixel Street, above, are gentrified. (Mark Boster / LAT)