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Old December 14th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #61
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Loved the cover page picture of today's LAT.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 03:51 AM   #62
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Old December 14th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #63
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Speaking of other projects, some observations I made while driving home today (no camera since I was driving):

1. The rebar columns of Hanover Tower are now barely visible in the skyline when driving west on the 10, approaching the 10/110 interchange.

2. Sheet piling/shoring appears to be done at the Meruelo tower at 9th and Hope and excavation has begun. As of earlier today, a majority of the site was already about 6 feet deep.

3. They've installed most of the windows on the first two residential floors along 9th street at the Market Lofts. Looks nice. Not award-winning, but nice.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 05:32 AM   #64
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Here's the new rendering of The City House and The Olympic:

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Old December 14th, 2006, 05:51 AM   #65
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They look sinister. I like them.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 07:56 AM   #66
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These towers could become instant LA landmarks or the biggest twin eyesores. Is this design change due to the construction prices going up?
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Old December 14th, 2006, 08:24 AM   #67
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^ Why would you think that? they increased the height on one tower, and made no mention of a reason for you to think that costs affected anything.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 09:12 PM   #68
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These towers could become instant LA landmarks or the biggest twin eyesores. Is this design change due to the construction prices going up?
I don't think that you increase and change the designs of both towers if construction costs are going up. If anything, the more rooms each building has, the faster profit will be made.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 10:16 PM   #69
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Has there been any mention of the price tag? Just how deep are the pockets of these developers?
The towers would look awsome if they had special lighting at night.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #70
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I would love for them to have a Empire State Building type lighting display. They slightly resemble ESB so it makes sense.

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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:42 AM   #71
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Now we're talking.
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Old December 15th, 2006, 07:35 PM   #72
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Front view


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Old December 16th, 2006, 05:47 AM   #73
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These will truly be iconic. Downtown's first spired skyscrapers.
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Even though it's nowhere near downtown (closer to Westwood), Wilshire Comstock is under construction:


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Old December 28th, 2006, 05:26 AM   #75
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How far is UCLA from this tower?
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Old December 29th, 2006, 03:13 AM   #76
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At least a mile, maybe two, east along Wilshire. It's right on the western edge of the country club. I don't forsee many UCLA students living here, though. A little more expensive than the dorms...
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Last Photo Update of the Year!

This will be my last photo update of 2006, so I thought I'd make them a bit bigger (56Kers beware). There's a lot to look forward to in 2007, but let's see where we are right now...


Market Lofts - Ralphs

Coming along nicely. Notice the windows have been put in on the ground floor and the first 4 floors of condos on 9th.



This one's for Eric Richardson. Here's the "sign" people were talking about.




Luma

Starting to show good visible progress. Topped out, looking south down Hope. Notice how the design really works with the Desmond Building from this angle.



Facade looks really nice if it catches the right light. Not so much if it doesn't:



The roof feature on the northern side:



From the south. Still some work to do on the roof feature on this side.



The fat side, from Fig and Chick Hearn Ct.




Evo

About 6 floors up. They look like they've started work on the common floors, so hopefully this will start moving faster.




LA Live

The Nokia Theater, from Staples, now three full floors up.



A little closer



The rest of the site is tough to photograph since they installed the new fence around it, but most of the site is at grade level now. Work has not started on the hotel portion yet. Here's a shot looking northeast from Olympic:




Hanover Tower

Depending on how you count the floors (there could be at least two double floors), they're somewhere between 16-18 stories so far, so 8-10 left to go. The green tarps make it impossible to get shots of the cladding, if it's even being installed yet. The usual angle:



Looking east down Olympic



Looking southeast from 9th Street:




Concerto

Absolutely zero progress since my last update two months ago. Here's my theory - right now they are re-engineering the parking garage portion for one tower, but in a way that they can add more parking later if Astani decides to go forward with the second tower later. But that's just a theory.




Meruelo Tower

The first peek over the fence at Meruelo's Tower on 9th and Flower






Brockman Building

Still wrapped up, but if you get up close, you can tell they're slowly making progress.



A peek at what the facade will look like. I can't wait till they unsheath this one.




Eastern Columbia

The clock is back on, the scaffolding is gone, and it's getting ready for a late January debut.




That's it for now.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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Old January 1st, 2007, 05:25 AM   #78
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I really like Luma.
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Old January 1st, 2007, 05:47 AM   #79
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Well that was the best way to close this year of the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles. 2007 Just promices to be more exiting though, let's look forwad to it!
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[QUOTE=colemonkee;11106504]This will be my last photo update of 2006, so I thought I'd make them a bit bigger (56Kers beware). There's a lot to look forward to in 2007, but let's see where we are right now...

The fat side, from Fig and Chick Hearn Ct.




I must say this pix is very impressive and it's definitely making density in South Park. The hood is going from bland to Grand....
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