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New Management at Union and American, Expert Guides to LA

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DOWNTOWN: The bankruptcy and restructuring of Downtown development giant Meruelo Maddux left a lot of loose ends in the neighborhood's housing market, but two of those--the Union Lofts and the American Apartments--are getting all tied up by New Standard Equities, which has taken over property and asset management at both buildings. According to a press release, NSE "is responsible for improving tenant relations, leasing units and overseeing property improvements" at the 92-unit Union Lofts at Eighth and Hill. They're also looking for restaurateurs and/or club owners to move into the building's lobby and underground bank vault (look out, Crocker Club). Meanwhile, they'll help the 51-unit American Apartments "compete effectively with the newly gentrified downtown submarket known as the 'Arts District'." [Curbed Inbox]

LOS ANGELES: A new city guide app called Know What, freshly launched in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is for anyone who is totally over the wisdom of crowds--it's full of guides from local experts like the LA Bizarro authors, the LA Conservancy, Modern Hiker, and Esotouric, rather than the regular crowd of Yelp schmucks (it looks like you have to buy the app, then buy each in-app guide individually, though, so it could add up). According to a press release, each place "comes with a detailed review / insider tips, beautiful photos, addresses, phone numbers and turn-by-turn directions." The guides include two places you have to swim to, one shrine to Frank Sinatra, and one batcave somewhere in LA. [Curbed Inbox]