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Ten years ago developer Tom Gilmore started it all by opening his historic San Fernando Building redevelopment at 4th and Main streets to a new breed of upscale loft dwellers. Of course, there had been lofts, artists and yuppies downtown before, but Gilmore's vision, in hindsight, was a turning point for downtown. Main Street wasn't much of a place back then to find a good meal, a pricey cocktail or fresh piece of art. It was a place to score heroin, get mugged, go to a sex shop, or pop into a Mexican cowboy bar. But with the loft dwellers came restaurants, bars, galleries and cops -- plenty of cops.
On Saturday Gilmore Associates will hold a free block party from 4 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the developer's revival of the Old Bank District.
The intersection of 4th and Main will be closed for the event. Entertainment includes musical acts Helen Stellar, Pepper Rabbit, Mississippi Man, Very Be Careful and Sing Orpheus.
Street closures will include 4th between Spring and Los Angeles streets and Main between 3rd and 5th streets. Parking will be available at 425 S. Main, with access to that lot available on Spring. Other area lots will also be open. Info.