I am so totally ready to move. We’ve been talking to the mortgage broker, shopping around for agents, all the good stuff you have to do to sell a house, and we’ve been really seriously discussing moving into downtown. But boy-oh-boy is that a can of worms. As with most downtown renovations, all those “live/work artist’s lofts” are more like “live/lounge yuppie lofts.” Contrary to marketing tradition, a lack of walls doesn’t automatically make a space a workable artist’s loft and we’re having a really hard time finding anything that’s not really just a lux condo in disguise. I mean, places like the Eastern Columbia are beautiful, but they not even close to being a working space. And I’m not interested in paying HOA dues out the ass for a bunch of services (valet parking?) that I don’t want. The Molino Street Lofts sounded pretty cool, but they’re all sold out now. So, does anybody have any special insight into the labyrinthine world of downtown L.A. development? Are there any cool projects or areas that I don’t know about that I should? Gimme some hot tips, downtown dwellers!