"I think [COVID] is probably the most devastating thing that could've happened to the local economy, if not the world, that we've all seen in many of our lifetimes, and hopefully it's the last thing in our lifetimes," said Johnson.
"My goal is to mentor and prepare new and dynamic leaders that will guide the street forward creatively, providing businesses with opportunities to network, share resources and explore innovative ways to expand in a safe, healthy and responsible way," said Gohari.
The reimagined Fairmont Century Plaza will debut Sept. 27 as the centerpiece of a $2.5 B mixed-use project that includes two 44-story towers, 94,000 square feet of boutique shopping and 268 luxury residences.
Reminiscent of a Louis Vuitton workshop, one stage features a selection of the Maison's trunks in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, exotic leather goods, and made-to-order collectibles from the brand's games and home collection.
"The city has outlined mixed use, the Purple Line is coming forth, One Beverly Hills, there is so much happening. Also on Wilshire a lot of mixed-used projects are moving forward, including more office space that's being built it's a very comprehensive, healthy situation."
Many of the observers that day had been coming to Euro Caffe for years to watch games. One of the regulars, Giacomo, works nearby at Celine. He's from Italy and explained, "The Italian population is around 17 million.