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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:00 AM   #101
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Right phase one and all, but how tall was Ghery's tower proposal at first?
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:02 AM   #102
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62 stories, then it went down.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:05 AM   #103
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62?

OKAY...... so from 62 to 47 ouch!!!

Since he's still in the process of deciding on the final design. What are the chances for the tower to end up at 62 floors?
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:12 AM   #104
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Is there any chances at all? Well ever since the 47 story idea came along, the 62 story was droped dead.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:15 AM   #105
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I guess something is better than nothing, right?
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:26 AM   #106
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Well yes it is. Afterall, it's the 47 story tower, and two other buildings just as the first phase.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:39 AM   #107
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what are you guys talking about? there was never a 62 story tower. its always been in the 45 to 50 range and its still that. last we heard it was 50 and it was never said that it was going to be reduced. why does everyone jump to conclusions. the project breaks ground in october at the earliest.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #108
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Downtown Crime Rate Plummets

by Kathleen Nye Flynn

The Downtown crime rate has dropped to its lowest level in more than 60 years, Los Angeles Police Department officials said last week. The decrease is highlighted by a 28% fall in crime in the area since 2004.

At a Tuesday press conference at Central Division headquarters, city and LAPD officials reported a dramatic fall in most crime in the city in 2006, though gang-related crime is on the rise. In Central Division, overall crime fell 18% below 2005 levels. Violent crime, which includes homicide, rape and assault, dropped 5%.

"We went back to 1944 and we couldn't find a year where there were fewer crimes," said Capt. Andy Smith of Central Division. "Downtown is safer now than it has ever been in our lifetimes."

At the press conference, Police Chief William Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that the Central Division showed the second highest decline in crime in the city (the biggest decrease was in the Pacific Division, where overall crime fell by 19.4%). They said that Los Angeles is now the second safest big city in the nation, behind New York City. Crime dropped 5% in Los Angeles in 2006, with a 2.4% decline in homicides.



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The reduction in Downtown crime coincides with the Safer Cities Initiative, which in September brought 50 new patrol officers and a significant increase in police attention to the Skid Row area. Even with the additional officers, there has been a 7% drop in arrests, according to the LAPD. In 2005, Central Division recorded 13,835 arrests. In 2006 there were 12,855 arrests.
However, part of that decrease may be due to a change in tactics. Smith said that arrests have declined because officers have stopped a practice of issuing tickets that counted as misdemeanor arrests. The City Attorney's Office was not able to prosecute all the tickets, Smith said. Now, the department either makes a misdemeanor arrest or will issue a citation that does not include an arrest.

Smith said he hopes arrests continue to decline in 2007.

"We're hoping that as we clean up the area and change peoples' behaviors, we'll see fewer arrests along with fewer crimes," Smith said. "Officers can stop making arrests because people will be on better behavior."

The department made arrests in several high-profile cases in 2006, Smith said. In a case that began in July, a burglar had used four-inch city water main caps to smash windows of local restaurants and steal from the cash registers. Detectives worked on the case for three months and eventually captured the suspect.




Although many perceive Downtown Los Angeles as a neighborhood of heavy crime activity, some area stakeholders said they have noticed a change recently.

"I have heard from a lot of people that the drug dealers and some of the people hanging out on the streets who were not homeless have heard the word on the street that it's not business as usual anymore," said Russell Brown, president of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. He added that along with an increased police presence in the area, the decrease stems from helping homeless people get into service programs and shelters.

"Instead of focusing just on crime, I view it more as a comprehensive solution working on homeless issues and providing services as well as having more enforcement," Brown said.



Gang Activity


Even as Los Angeles' decrease contrasts with the national trend of rising crime rates, statistics show that the city still contends with high levels of gang-related violence. There was a 14% increase in such activity in 2006, said Bratton. Last week, after the press conference, Villaraigosa flew to Washington, D.C., where he met with United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about efforts to reduce gang violence.

In 2006, Central Division detectives handled 163 gang cases. But, Downtown escapes much of the violence common in gang warfare, Smith said. Instead, gang impact is most felt Downtown in narcotics trafficking.

"Basically, Downtown gangs have a business truce where they conduct their narcotics sales without fighting with each other," said Victoria White, senior police service representative at Central Division.

Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry said it is a top priority to stop the organized crime that pushes narcotics and counterfeit goods through the area.

"We need to sever their stream of commerce here," Perry said in an interview after the press conference. "At the root of the problem is that they are trying to move goods through the neighborhoods to make money off people's backs."

Downtown has four resident gangs, though an injunction was filed against one of them in 2006 and it has mostly been dismantled, White said. The rest of the gang activity in Downtown comes from groups located in other areas of the city, which makes it difficult for Central Division police to combat them.

White said that the division's goal for 2007 is to increase working relationships with other LAPD divisions, the Sheriff's Department and independent law enforcement agencies. They hope to get better intelligence on gangs that come into the area, White said.

One new potential crime fighting tool is a law that went into effect on Jan. 1 that increases the penalty for dealing drugs within 1,000 feet of a recovery center, halfway house or mission.

"Stopping these gangs from bringing drugs Downtown is a big priority for us," Smith said.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #109
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what is the olympic and the city house supposed to be? i like the older look of those buildings...


how tall is the Zen house supposed to be??
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Old January 8th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #110
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Zen was proposed at 50 stories, no official height was released.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #111
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[QUOTE=Indica;11206592]what is the olympic and the city house supposed to be? i like the older look of those buildings...


There supposed to be high end apartments and yes I also am digging the style....
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Old January 9th, 2007, 08:33 AM   #112
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im jealous!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 09:20 PM   #113
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its cool to see some hi rise apts going up here in LA, but they really need to start building housing that is more in reach for middle class folks who need a place to live. I dont like the fact that I have to watch out for gang members when I come home from work because of having an apt in an area where its a little cheaper.. Panorama City sucks, and Im not comfortable with my girlfriend living there, hopefully they do something about it before all of the people who grew up here leave.. we could almost use another quake, to scare off a lot of people and to help lower costs..
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Old January 9th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #114
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These will be the first high end towers to go up in dt.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #115
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47 to go Gehry! But a skyscraper to reduce the crime level?
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What are you talking about???

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Old January 12th, 2007, 06:40 AM   #117
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These will be the first high end towers to go up in dt.

honestly it seems that every new project is "high end". who can afford to live in these? Someone making $75,000 a year can't even afford an entry level condo anywhere in downtown LA. wtf mate?

Down Payment: $40,000.00
Loan Term: 30 years
Annual Interest Rate: 7% Total Monthly Income: $6,250.00
Total Monthly Expense: $825.00

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Affordable mortgage payment: $1,425.00
Affordable home amount: $254,188.28


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Old January 12th, 2007, 07:45 AM   #118
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Well yes most projects going up downtown are upscale, but these will take it to a higher margin.
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Old January 18th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #119
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LA LIVE...I asked a construction worker if they had already started construction on the actual hotel and he said YES!!






























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