KILLSPENCER Crafts IndUstRial-Inspired Bags in Silver Lake

From edgy-chic streetwear at MRKT to laid-back cool merch at Mohawk Man, Silver Lake has much to offer for men seeking stylish, unique gear. Striking a balance between both aesthetics is KILLSPENCER designer Spencer Nikosey, who picked the hipster 'hood as the home of his luxe accessory label's 2,200-square-foot workshop and storefront.

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New Building EncOuRages mEEtinG of Humanity

BOSTON-Engineering the flow of foot traffic is often a vital component in the design of a new building. And while such flow is an integral part of the design of a future outpatient and research facility now under construction in Boston, it is not the type of flow that most would expect. In fact, in the case of the $450 million Brigham Building for the Future in the Longwood Medical Area of the city, foot traffic congestion is considered a positive thing, a catalyst for making the building a success.

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Cars, home improvement give April retail sales a boost

Spring’s arrival late in April gave retail sales a light boost as Americans emerged from hibernation to spend on cars, gardening goods and building supplies. From March to April, sales rose a slight 0.1% after declining a revised 0.5% from February to March, according to the Commerce Department. Wall Street had expected a 0.3% slide. The dissipation of the bitter weather that had kept many consumers cooped up at home, coupled with higher home prices, the better-than-expected job market and the record stock performance, helped the sales figures jump 3.7% compared with April 2012.

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Downtown L.A. landlord Brookfield sees office market rising steadily

The office rental market in downtown Los Angeles has been stagnant for decades, but New York real estate firm Brookfield Office Properties Inc. is betting millions of dollars that it will improve in the years ahead. Chief Executive Dennis Friedrich talked up downtown Los Angeles in a conference call with analysts Friday, a day after Brookfield announced plans to pay about $430 million for four large, prominent office buildings there. “We are being realistic about the downtown market,” he said. “It’s going to be a slow, steady improvement.”

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Century-old Spring Street tower to become creative offices

A Spring Street office building completed in 1915 has been purchased by developers who plan to improve it as gentrification sweeps gradually through downtown Los Angeles’ formerly depressed historic financial district. The Corporation Building at 724 S. Spring St. was acquired by Izek Shomof, one of the most active developers of aging properties in the city’s historic core. Shomof said he plans to renovate the 13-story tower and rent office space to creative firms.

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