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Interactive map revamps downtown L.A. real estate search

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The Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District, a coalition of about 480 property owners, has launched an online map tool that displays property information for a range of properties and allows visitors to search for housing types by price, size, construction status and rent ranges, among other variables. Potential residents, visitors and business professionals can access a map of every building throughout the downtown area at http://downtownla.com/map6.htm. Clicking on buildings reveals property details, such as photos, Web links, contact information and comments. The property owners' group commissioned Cartifact Inc., a Los Angeles-based technology company, for the map construction and design. Similar mapping efforts are also planned for Houston and Las Vegas, according to the announcement. "The future vision of Los Angeles rests with downtown," said Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the business improvement district. "As more and more businesses and residents consid...