I purchased a 1-br unit at Vero during the pre-sales event. I didnt' do any research on Mura or Artisan, but I can tell you why I chose to move to Vero. I think it's a trendy development where you get a lot for your money. I'm not just saying a cheap $ / sf, but every unit comes with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, 9.5'+ ceilings, contemporary fixtures/cabinetry and 2 parking spots. Not to mention the building amenties - pool, dry sauna, hot tub, community room. Don't forget the ground-level retail - a Coffee Bean, Subway, Jamba Juice (or Juice It Up!), a postal service store, dry-cleaners and more. City West may still be a "transitional" neighborhood, but there are several projects in the works to make it the next "big neighborhood" of downtown...additional condo developments, both new construction and conversions on surrounding blocks. Also, there's a Starbucks, Home Depot and Food 4 Less (not a Ralphs or Whole Foods, but at least it's convenient) just a block west. I've timed the walk to 7+Fig at 7-8 minutes, and LA Live will eventually be just an additional 10-12 minute walk. Plus a short walk to the metro red line.
It was good enough for me, but also, my office is at 8th & Fig!
Good luck... and let me know if you decide to go with Vero!