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Old August 17th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #341
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It was a city ordanace for every highrise in dowtown LA to have a helipad so in case of a earthquake, helicopters can come to rescue them.

US Bank still has the highest helipad in the world. Take THAT Dubai.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 10:13 PM   #342
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Old August 21st, 2007, 10:15 PM   #343
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a lot of projects going on in L.A
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 04:09 AM   #344
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a lot of projects going on in L.A

...... for sure!
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 07:23 AM   #345
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the hanover crane is coming down, just saw it. maybe it will head over to LA Central!
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 10:44 PM   #346
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Bunch of new news:

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Jan Perry was exceptionally gracious in taking time to shed light on development downtown. Here are a few highlights:

LA Live
-Confirmation that Nokia will indeed open in November.
-At a recent job fair, over 3,500 people applied for on-site positions.

Grand Avenue Project
-Ground breaking for the park is on track to take place in October.
-County was not originally interested in razing the county owned buildings. However, they appear to have had a change of heart. New money has been "located" which would enable construction of new office building on one of the Bunker Hill parking lots.
-The city is still working to resolve the suit brought forth by the owner of Bonaventure Hotel so that the Mandarin Oriental/Phase I can move forward as planned.
-Photos and renderings seen by the public do not do justice to Gehry's vision. The model, is a more concrete representation of clear pedestrian connections to 2nd as well as Olive.

Park 5th
-Money from the developers will be used to pull down the walls surrounding Pershing Square while adding more greenery to an otherwise isolated, underutilized, public space.
-There is indeed a long interest list for the units but the specific number of sign ups has not yet been made public.

South Park
-Most of the for sale lots all the way down to the 10 freeway have been sold to developers.

Taxicabs
-City is working with cab companies to implement point to point service within the downtown area so that residents will not need to rely on cars to go short distances. This should also help facilitate a more pedestrian friendly environment.

Ralphs
-Earnings are well ahead of projections. Expected a soft opening gain of $300,000 but pulled in over $625,000 the first week.
-Service deli alone is pulling in $100,000 a week.
-Wines brought in $75,000 last week
-50% of patrons walk or take public transit to this market.
-Success of the store has made national news and has full attention of Kroger executives back in Ohio.


Thank you for your questions. I hope the information shared helps to answer your inquiries as well as to provide exciting news about downtown Los Angeles.
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I was just at the LA Live presentation at Staples Center. They had an open bar, food and raffles as well as a LA Live presentation from the AEG boardroom. The LA Live models were there, I think some of the buildings were outdated.

Some interesting comments by the rep during the presentation:

LA Central (she called it Fig Central) will break ground in 3 weeks.
LA Central is talking to Whole Foods and Gelson's.
Starwood talking to LA Central or second choice the building across from Ritz Carlton.
City of LA has approved Chick Hearn court to be closed except for specified weekday rush hours.
Ritz Carlton has 170 of 224 units reserved.
Ritz Carlton has a some models opening soon in the Petroleum building.
The large LA Live billboards on the exterior corner of Olympic/Fig are not LCD screens.

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Downtown Los Angeles: We are not making skyscrapers. We are making a new downtown.
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 03:36 AM   #347
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^I couldn't agree more. Thats the difference between Downtown L.A. and other Downtowns across the country.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #348
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Well it's true. Downtown LA is only going to get better.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 05:02 AM   #349
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Concerto

Biiig concrete pour at Concerto today...





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Old August 26th, 2007, 05:08 AM   #350
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Wee! Looks like a 2 legged spider.
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Old August 26th, 2007, 05:10 AM   #351
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Evo

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The podium, where the pool will eventually live, is finally above ground.

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Old August 26th, 2007, 05:20 AM   #352
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:17 AM   #353
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Biiig concrete pour at Concerto today...






^ Let's get the puppy up to speed, too much time has been already wasted. Time to catch up to your neighbor across the street on Flower!!!!
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Old August 26th, 2007, 08:19 AM   #354
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^ This bad boy has been moving awfully fast and we love it!!!!
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Old August 26th, 2007, 09:58 PM   #355
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Some more construction pics.

LA Live

Looking west from 11th Street. Despite how short the buildings are, they are starting to have a serious presence. It creates a wall effect along Figueroa.



The Figueroa side of the Club Nokia building



Nokia Theater pano from Olympic.




Hanover Tower

The green monster isn't coming off yet, but they are making visible progress on the crown.




LAPD Headquarters

New crane on site.



They started installing more steel beams on Friday.




Mura




Artisan on 2nd




San Pedro Apartments - (Block 8)




4th and Broadway

A conversion project that's nearing completion.






Federal Building Demo




And some random shots around town. New neon Signage at the Packard Lofts.



The greening of a balcony at Luma. I really like how they did this. I'd like to see more of it, actually.




I have more shots, but Image Shack is acting up, so I'll upload them when they're upload servers are working more regularly.
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Thanks for posting the new pics, colemonkee.

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stupid question, but do you know what that brown building in the center is? visible just to the left of the CalTrans 100 building?
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Old August 26th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #357
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The greening of a balcony at Luma. I really like how they did this. I'd like to see more of it, actually.


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.. and people say L.A. is not green enough!

BTW Coleman, Loving the pix!!! Kudos!!!
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Old August 26th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #358
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.. and people say L.A. is not green enough!

BTW Coleman, Loving the pix!!! Kudos!!!
I'd be nice if LA had one or two large central parks.
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I'd be nice if LA had one or two large central parks.

^ Two words.... "Pershing Square"!
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Old August 27th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #360
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^Nice. :haha:

Some construction photos of my own to add to Colemonkee's collection today.

LA Live - The ESPN Zone building's facade is coming along!
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LA Central Site - A Morley Construction sign is now present on the construction fence along Figueroa
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Concerto - A view inside the pit during the concrete pour
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