Pedro Galindo moved into the Higgins Building four years ago, part of the first wave of urban adventurers who set roots in the fledging loft district north of skid row.
Back then, the 24-year-old substitute teacher recalls, the converted 1910 beaux-arts office tower had a definite vibe.
"The coolest people were here. There were rooftop parties and barbecues," he said. "It was a very social building. You would have parties every weekend."
That began to change two years ago, when the Higgins converted from apartments to condos, with units now selling for up to $700,000.
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