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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #721
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Old November 12th, 2013, 03:32 AM   #722
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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #723
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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:16 AM   #724
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Perhaps this is some kind of art and we don't understand it ?
Other than that I have no idea how it could even be designed. It's as if the architect was at a quarrel with people from the area and wanted to have revenge on the citizens.
I remember seeing these colors on old small buildings somewhere alongside Rampart street, but they were old and poor people lived there, so they had to be in bad condition ...
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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #725
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Perhaps this is some kind of art and we don't understand it ?
Other than that I have no idea how it could even be designed. It's as if the architect was at a quarrel with people from the area and wanted to have revenge on the citizens.
I remember seeing these colors on old small buildings somewhere alongside Rampart street, but they were old and poor people lived there, so they had to be in bad condition ...
This kind of stucco PoMo Deco design was popular in the 1980s. obviously the architects are still living in that era...
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Old November 16th, 2013, 07:18 AM   #726
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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #727
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How did LA end up with so many parking lots?
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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #729
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How did LA end up with so many parking lots?
We adopted the car lifestyle. Freeways joined the scene and the cars had to go somewhere. We had a height ordiance so we couldn't exactly build tall parking structures stacked on top of the fear of a huge earthquake. So we demolished dozens of worthless 1-2 story buildings to make room. It's sad really because a few locations which once were home to 10+ floor buildings are currently parking lots.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 02:26 AM   #730
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Because we've always have had plenty of space.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:18 AM   #731
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We adopted the car lifestyle. Freeways joined the scene and the cars had to go somewhere. We had a height ordiance so we couldn't exactly build tall parking structures stacked on top of the fear of a huge earthquake. So we demolished dozens of worthless 1-2 story buildings to make room. It's sad really because a few locations which once were home to 10+ floor buildings are currently parking lots.
Yeah, there are a lot of parking lots, and there isn't a lot of density, even in downtown. But that has its upsides because it's a lot easier to buy a parking lot and build something there than to have to buy an existing building and tear it down for new development. I made a map of all the parking lots in Downtown LA and the ''Historic Core'' a while back. I used just the images on Google Earth, which may be a bit outdated, so a few of these may have already been filled. But it's interesting to see how many lots are basically empty. These are just street-level regular parking lots, not multi-level parking structures. This is a big plus for all developments that might happen downtown, as opposed to developments in other high-density cities.

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Old November 17th, 2013, 02:32 PM   #732
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:42 AM   #733
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Old Wilshire Grand Now Completely Demolished, New 71-Story Tower Breaking Ground Soon



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A "bottoming out" ceremony sounds pretty funny, but it's actually a real event happening at the site of the future Wilshire Grand tower tomorrow, reports the Downtown News (digital edition). Workers for developer Korean Air have now completely demolished the fifties-era Wilshire Grand hotel--it took a little over a year--and dug 106 feet down to the base of the new project. The new, $1-billion Wilshire Grand will be 71 stories and bring 900 hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of office space, and a ton of retail to Seventh and Figueroa sometime around the end of 2016.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:50 AM   #734
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Prepare to bid farewell to one of the most conspicuous surface parking lots in Hollywood, as Camden Development's mixed-use project at Selma and Vine is just about ready to get shovels in the ground. As of this morning, the Department of Building and Safety has issued permits to Camden for shoring and foundation work on their $240 million project. Plans call for a 7-story building consisting of 287 apartments, 39,000 square feet of street level retail, and a four-level underground parking garage. Like many of the developments currently underway in Hollywood, Selma and Vine represents a downsized version of more ambitious pre-recession plans. When the project first emerged in 2007, Camden envisioned an 11-story building with a ground level Whole Foods Market.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:53 AM   #735
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First Look at the Martin Expo Town Center



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Density averse Westside residents may object, but the Martin family continues to press onward with ambitious plans to convert their Cadillac dealership into a mixed-use development. Although Martin Cadillac has been a West LA landmark for decades, the coming of the Expo Line motivated the family to re-envision their property with retail, office and residential space. The Martins have set up a page for the Martin Expo Town Center on Popularise, providing neighbors a venue to offer critiques and suggestions for the project.

Altogether, the Martin Expo Town Center (METC) plans for just over 800,000 square feet of total floor area. The project's 516 residential units range from studio to three bedroom apartments, divided between low-rise and mid-rise structures. The tallest residential building would stand 11-stories, featuring roughly 60,000 square feet of street level retail space. METC's 200,000 square foot creative office component would rise within a 10-story building, towering 160 feet above the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive. At ground level, the office tower would contain a 10,000 square foot showroom for Martin Cadillac.


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Old November 20th, 2013, 03:31 AM   #736
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If they haven't broken ground yet, how did that hole get there?
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Old November 21st, 2013, 08:01 PM   #737
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SLS hotels close to picking a Downtown LA location

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With the hip Ace Hotel about to open in the historic United Artists building on Broadway in downtown L.A., aesthetics-minded hospitality brand SBE is looking to get into the boutique hotel action, too.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that SBE head Sam Nazarian -- who made his name with such posh L.A. nightclubs as Hyde by catering to the likes of Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio -- is in talks to open another iteration of his splashy SLS hotel, to be located near Grand Avenue's Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA and philanthropist Eli Broad's on-the-way Broad museum. (SBE already has two Philippe Starck-designed SLS hotels, one on La Cienega Boulevard, the other in Miami's South Beach.)
When asked for comment, an SBE rep said, "We're currently eyeing a number of locations downtown but have not finalized any projects at this time."
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Old November 25th, 2013, 03:50 AM   #738
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Report: Gehry's New Grand Avenue Plans Are Best Yet

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Architect Frank Gehry is about to present yet another plan for the huge redevelopment of Grand Avenue on Monday, according to blog LA Cowboy.

Developer Related Cos.' latest development agreement with the joint powers authority that controls the Grand Avenue Project ends on January 20, so the timing sounds right. Gehry designed the original GAP about a decade back, but following years of delays and rejiggering, was taken off the project earlier this year.

Just last month, County Supervisors rejected designs by another architecture team for the avenue's Parcel Q, calling them uninspired. The project has its groove back with Gehry back on board, says Westwater, who saw renderings of the architect's plans: "Rather than having the entrance to the public courtyard being two narrow passageways on either side of [a proposed] apartment building, the entire public plaza now sweeps out to the street--and the sidewalk--it all but physically pulls pedestrians off the sidewalk and into the space." The plans include landscaping and lighting elements meant to bridge wide-ass Grand Avenue.

A hotel is definitely in the works--we already know SLS is sniffing around Bunker Hill. All in all, Westwater says Grand Avenue 87.0 is a win: "The design is both striking and simple at the same time. It looks like nothing ever built in LA and yet still feels very much like an LA building."
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Old November 25th, 2013, 03:52 AM   #739
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First Look At Frank Gehry's Wide-Ranging New Grand Ave. Plans



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It's been more than a decade since planning started on the giant Grand Avenue Project--which is supposed to bring new retail, residential, restaurants, and more to several large parcels on Bunker Hill--and things have barely moved (one building has broken ground; the completed Grand Park is also part of the project). But there's some major new momentum today as developer Related Cos. has officially submitted brand new plans by beloved local starchitect Frank Gehry that would bring huge changes to the whole area; Gehry designed the original, very different-looking project years ago, but most recently Related had been working with Gensler and Robert AM Stern (the joint powers authority that manages the project rejected a plan by those firms earlier this year, calling it "uninspired"). The new plans for Parcel Q, the three-acre site across Grand Avenue from Gehry's Disney Hall, include "a stacked collection of shops and restaurants forming a U-shaped plaza," topped with a pair of towers, as LA Times archicritic Christopher Hawthorne describes. And it turns out those rumors we heard last week about the trendy SLS Hotel chain opening on Bunker Hill were very true--one tower (at First and Grand) will house the 300-room hotel, the other (at Second and Olive) will have condos and apartments.

Gehry is also considering adding a pedestrian bridge from the apartment tower across to Disney's second-level garden, rejiggering Disney's lobby and ground-level spaces (possibly bringing the cafe out onto Grand), redesigning the paving pattern of Grand itself, stringing lights above the street, and projecting Disney concerts onto the new complex.

Related hopes to start work in 2015 and finish up by 2019.
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