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Written by Steven Toroni

 

Downtown LA’s lustrous lights, landmark superstructures and gleaming lofts attract people from all walks of life side by side to each other. Having thousands of people condensed in such a concentrated part of the city makes finding apartments near USC a very troublesome task. Finding quality USC student housing has become even more difficult due to Downtown LA’s ever growing popularity. Despite these circumstances, Downtown La has great walkability as a result of being the densest part of the greater Los Angeles area. Considering these circumstances, finding USC student housing should be guided by professionals who know the area like the back of their hand. Zuma Housing collaborates with students and young professionals in finding the best apartments near USC and making sure all of our tenants have the best USC student housing experience possible. To put it simply, we connect you to your new apartment near USC and you worry about the rest.

 

Luckily, Zuma housing offers many apartment unit options that are reasonably priced right in the heart of Westwood (in walking distance to UCLA). Putting the tenant in the right apartment that suits their needs is Zuma’s purpose. But, still, for most college students, saving money and creating space in their living quarters is an issue. Finding the right pieces of furniture that are practical enough for use, but do not take up much room is not always an easy task.

 

Chris Eng, who is an entrepreneur and an expert on minimalist living, has a solution. Eng graduated from USC with his degree in business. Growing up in Boston, Eng moved back to the west coast to pursue his passion. “What always fascinated me,” explains Chris, “was creating new things. Exploring adventurous experiences lead me to entrepreneurship. But, the thing that really spoke to me was design.”

 

At USC Eng always had split a room with another student. Chris strived to find creative solutions to make the most out of space. One book shifted how he thought about small space living called “The life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo. The concept of the book is living with less promotes happiness. Removing clutter and things that are not needed can lead to a more fulfilling life.

 

After freshman year Eng learned he needed to throw away half of his stuff. Changing apartments became a hassle with so much junk. Nightstands, tv, books and clunky furniture were things that limited space for Chris. Each item Eng bought moving forward had to have a purpose. One area in particular that Eng found to be necessary for compact furniture was in bed. It was here that the convenience of having things within arms reach (like a smart phone or laptop) became important.

 

This is when Eng created the Bed Shelfie. Made out of bamboo, which is a resource that grows fast naturally as it is a grass and not wood as one might think, the Bed Shelfie attaches to the bed without tools using a clamping system. Bamboo is naturally sturdy which allows the Bed Shelfie to hold 15-20 pounds. That is the weight of about 15 textbooks or a small dog. The Minimalist design profile which is inspired by mid-century modern design has a wire slot that is ideal for many devices.  

 

Eng first got the idea for this product when he was moving from apartment to apartment. W

hat he appreciates most about the Bed Shelfie is that it can be carried in one hand after simply detaching the clamping mechanism. When asked what inspired him to follow through with the product, Eng proclaimed “The idea is that population has grown and space is shrinking. Reducing clutter by creating smarter, smaller furniture is necessary. The choice should be obvious to try and achieve sustainability through minimalist living.”

 

It all began with a Kickstarter for Eng. The Bed Shelfie can now be found on Instagram and Facebook. As for now, Eng continues to try and spread awareness of smart small-space living and will be releasing more products to accommodate students and tenants alike in the near future.

 

Grand Park and The Portal Project

Written by Steven Toroni 

   Moving to a new city can take weeks to adjust to.  Establishing a routine is key in getting settled into new surroundings. Los Angeles is a big city. Not only is it vast in size and population, but it accommodates a wide range that makes getting around on foot difficult. Making use of the public transit system that has been put in place recently can make your time in Downtown LA.

 

As you enjoy your new living quarters looking out at the sleek and modern design of the Los Angeles skyline, it is best to go out and explore! The downtown area has a lot to offer for young men and women with the opportunity to meet new people and try different things. Grand Park is a relatively new park established in 2012. It represents the diversity and artistic vibe that is Los Angeles. Whether it be catching some rays during the day or enjoying music at night, Grand Park is a beautiful location that should not be neglected . Most of the events at Grand Park are affordable or even free so it is a great economic choice for students and makes for a great location to study in peace.

 

Grand Park offers many unique and culturally diverse options for people to experience right in the heart of DTLA. It has become the hot spot for artists, inventors, creators and entrepreneurs in the city to come together and share their vision with the community. The most exciting and captivating case for this is the Portals Project. What started as a way for people to connect all over the world has turned into a platform for vibrant individuals of all ethnicities to perform their talents for each other.  Grand Park was the first location in LA to hold the Portal experience, but it can now be found at the LA Law Library.

 

Maryam Hooseinzadeh created this one of a kind experience with the intent to connect people all over the world. Using modern visual and audio technology, the Portal Project allows people to step into a vessel and be transported far away to communicate with the person on the other side. The portals can be in a large container (pictured), a room with surrounded by multiple screens, an inflatable cube or even a school bus for children to get the Magic School Bus experience. The Portals Project is a great way for people from abroad to connect with their family, as well, the experience one for dialogue, learning, entertainment or nostalgia.

The Portal will be closed September 15th as it is seasonal but will be open to the public at the La Law Library in the beginning of spring.