Winner: Last Bookstore
A lot of things are important in making a neighborhood a place where people actually come together. Few are as crucial as a bookshop. Although the Historic Core (aka Historic Downtown Los Angeles) last year lost its stalwart Metropolis Books, it scored when Josh Spencer moved his Last Bookstore to a mammoth space at Fifth and Spring streets. The 10,000-square-foot literary emporium is filled with great deals — many of the used tomes cost just $5. The room, meanwhile, reflects and serves its neighborhood, with a funky feel — there’s a taxidermy-style Wooly Mammoth head — amid soaring ceilings. The book business is brutal these days, but this community gathering place does more for the Historic Core than a thousand online retailers will ever do.
Not mentioned in the article is that THE LAST BOOKSTORE is already expanding - again - and just signed a lease for the entire mezzanine level at the Spring Arts Tower - which will double the amount of space they will have for selling books at the corner of 5th and Spring.