Driving on a street at night, cars passing by in opposite direction SoCal Connected Season 10

Grand Central Market: Past and Present

The Grand Central Market has become the dining destination for foodies in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Much of its historic charm has remained untouched for decades, but over the past year or so, it has undergone some new changes.

The market -- which opened its doors in 1917 -- now symbolizes the evolution and revitalization of downtown Los Angeles and the Broadway corridor, once known as the entertainment and retail mecca of L.A.

Visiting the market these days, you'll find a wide range of culinary options, from meatball sandwiches at Belcampo to overstuffed tacos and gorditas at a number of stalls, plus locally-made pastries and ice cream for a sweet finish to a strolling meal.

In this segment of "SoCal Connected," reporter Nic Cha Kim chats with vendors about affordability and their thoughts on new developments and changes to the market. He also examines the history of the market and where it stands today.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Brigham Yen, blogger and founder of DTLA Rising.
  • Jeff Vales, co-owner, EggSlut.
  • Tomas Martinez, owner, Tacos Tumbras a Tomas.
  • Jared Standing, Belcampo manager and head butcher.

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Jazz City

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The News Blues

The LA Times may have found its savior in Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, but how will the other local newsrooms in LA be rescued? SoCal Connected reports on one of the craziest years for local news in Southern California. Premieres October 9th at 8:00pm.

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Out of Bounds

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