Meet Our BID

Business Improvement District

The Historic Core is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. Our community is made up of nearly 1:1 market rate and low income housing. The Historic Core was the epicenter of residential growth during the early 2000s with the adaptive reuse ordinance, where previously abandoned or underutilized office and manufacturing was converted to housing. Along with the new units, under the 2005 Residential Hotel Ordinance, thousands of units of low income and permanent supportive housing were preserved.

The mission of the Historic Core Business Improvement District is to improve the quality of life of residents, property and business owners in Downtown LA’s Historic Core through clean, safe, and enterprise programs. The HCBID is paid for by local tax assessments. Each contribution whether large or small helps keep the neighborhood cleaner and safer, helps local businesses grow and thrive, and supports our diverse neighborhood culture. 

HCBID Staff 2017


Street Plus supplies the Historic Core with conscientious officers trained to patrol by bike, foot beat, and segway. They serve the community 24 hours a day every day by often being first responders and liaisons between the community and other city agencies. We also have personnel dedicated for outreach purposes to local unsheltered people. Considering the number of service providers just blocks from our district, it makes sense to coordinate with non profit experts in the field.



We partner with Chrysalis, a non profit dedicated to employing individuals w​h​o​ may have suffered from chronic homelessness or other economic disadvantages.​ ​ These dedicated men and women work diligently every day sweeping, emptying trash, and ​washing down sidewalks. Often the first to notice local problems like graffiti, illegal dumping, and ​maintenance deficiencies,​ their ​concern​ for the community is invaluable.



 The Historic Downtown Farmers Market was developed and launched by the HCBID as Downtown’s first weekend farmers market. It ensures locals have easy, affordable access to healthy food while creating a public space for the community to gather on Sunday mornings. Our market is the only one to offer EBT, and we also host a Market Match program for qualified recipients.

We provide beautification services with public parklets, planters, decorations, and other street amenities. We host community-based forums whereby the residents and small businesses educate themselves on citywide programs, initiatives, laws, and concerns, and ultimately, have a voice in local issues which affect them. We host neighborhood watch walks with local law enforcement. This year (2016) we opened Downtown’s first ground floor visitor’s center. Ultimately, our vendors and service personnel strive each and every day to serve as outreach for those in need, and ambassadors to a beautifully diverse and rapidly growing district.

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We provide some of the most sophisticated and popular marketing and social media in Downtown. Our focus is art, culture, fashion, retail, food , beverage, hospitality, and numerous special events that highlight our district.​ Find us @historiccore.



Paola C. Flores
Marketing & Services Coordinator

Blair Besten
Executive Director


Boris Mayzels
Barnes Enterprises

Izek Shomof
Vice President
Pacific Investments

Ruben Islas
Logan Capital

Barry Shy
SB Properties

Michael Delijani
United Company

Cedd Moses
213 Ventures

Kevin Litwin
L&R Investments

Richard Shamooilian
King’s Arch

Paul Su

Michael Hellen
Mideb Nominees

Fred Afari
Broadway & 8th