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Old December 23rd, 2016, 05:45 PM   #1921
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It's always funny to see the suburban-like areas around Downtown LA, with lowrise buildings, parking lots, garages etc. - and then all the highrise construction going on.
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^ I can guarantee that the areas around DTLA are far from suburban. I lived in Westlake which is one of the densest areas in all of Los Angeles.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 07:38 PM   #1923
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Well, by European or US East Coast standards they aren't dense at all. Though there are exceptions.

It's enough to take a look at random aerial pictures, this is from a year ago:


Full view: http://www.logomygosh.com/wp-content...1star_1246.jpg

Very low density and even many brownfields and parking lots all around. If that isn't the epitome definition of suburban, I don't know what is. Also by walking the city, I had a feeling of a ghost town in even some major areas. Old Downtown was creepy and a sad sight in 2014, at least it improves now, finally.

Though I'm glad LA densifies and urbanises more now. Polycentralism is only attractive when you have an actual urban net holding it together, as in Tokyo for example.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 04:21 AM   #1924
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FAA approves first cranes for new Rams stadium

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday greenlighted the first of several large cranes to be used to help construct the $2.6-billion stadium for the Rams in Inglewood.

The two Liebherr LR 1300 cranes will stand 195 feet and 228 feet above the 298-acre site, according to the FAA, which determined that they won’t pose a hazard to air navigation. They’ll be used to install pilings for the stadium’s foundation.

Developers formally broke ground on the stadium last month after about a year and a half of site preparation and infrastructure work. The venue is expected to be completed in 2019.

Gerard McCallum II, project manager for the Hollywood Park Land Co., said the work is on schedule.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 04:28 AM   #1925
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Chargers to L.A.? Team will lease Costa Mesa site for offices, training facility if they move

The Chargers have agreed to lease part of a Costa Mesa office campus and are working with city officials to secure permits for practice fields at the location in anticipation of relocating to Los Angeles.

The Chargers have confirmed they will use The Hive and 3.2 nearby acres as their headquarters and training and practices facilities should team owner Dean Spanos decide to relocate the franchise from San Diego to the Los Angeles market and a $2.66 billion stadium being built by Rams owner Stan Kroenke in Inglewood.

Spanos must decide by Jan. 15 whether to remain in San Diego or exercise an option to join the Rams in the Inglewood stadium, which is scheduled to for the 2019 season. If the Chargers opt to remain in San Diego the Raiders would then have the option to relocate to Los Angeles and play in the stadium located on a 298-acre development on the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 05:43 PM   #1926
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LA County agrees to fund green makeover of 103rd Street in Watts

An effort to give Watts’ 103rd Street an environmentally-conscious makeover will get a major boost in funding after a recent legal settlement awarded nearly $3 million to the project.

The settlement is the result of a lengthy legal battle between Los Angeles County and two environmental groups who argued the county was allowing contaminated stormwater to pollute its rivers and streams. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the county has agreed to spend $4 million in total on eco-friendly projects as a result of the lawsuit, of which $2.8 million will go toward the Watts Greenstreets program.

Plans for the project call for a wide range of pedestrian and transit-oriented improvements to 103rd Street, including planting trees and drought-tolerant landscaping features, installing new bus shelters, and improving crosswalks. Other improvements, including absorbent pavement and plantings on the street’s medians, would also make the street better equipped to reduce stormwater runoff—leading to less pollutants entering the city’s waterways.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 01:54 AM   #1927
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Frank Gehry’s delayed Grand Avenue Project to finally get underway in 2018

The Frank Gehry-designed Grand Avenue Project, long-delayed for years, is now expected to break ground in 2018, reports the Downtown News. The Los Angeles City Council approved the project Wednesday, and developer Related Companies announced a new investor. Chinese firm CCCG Overseas Real Estate Pte. Ltd. (CORE) will infuse the project with $290 million.

The Grand Avenue Project will rise on a parking lot just east of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, bringing a four-star Equinox hotel, eateries and shops, and a tower of as many as 450 residential units, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The units will be a mix of “ultra luxury” condos and “five star service” apartments, according to CORE’s website.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/15/1396...dbreaking-2018
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Old December 25th, 2016, 06:38 PM   #1928
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Overhaul for North Hollywood’s Laurel Plaza approved

The expansive mixed-use complex incorporating over 600 apartments, a movie theater, office space, and, of course, shops on the site of North Hollywood’s Laurel Plaza shopping mall got the stamp of approval from city officials this week, reports the Daily News.

Construction is expected to start by early 2017 on the retail component of the 25-acre development near the 170 Freeway and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The new complex will be called NoHo West.

Developers Merlone Geier Partners and GPI Company will devote one-third of the site’s space to rentals—642 of them. About 100 more were originally proposed, but “the developer was asked to increase the emphasis on retail and commercial areas at the site,” says the News.
http://www.dailynews.com/government-...orth-hollywood
http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/15/1397...plaza-approved
http://urbanize.la/post/fly-through-...st-development
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Old December 26th, 2016, 01:42 AM   #1929
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A real winter wonderland: Families flock to Santa’s Village to celebrate a white Christmas

In Southern California, and especially on Christmas Eve, SkyPark at Santa’s Village is even more magical when there’s snow on the ground.

So after about 6 inches fell early Saturday, families made their way to the Lake Arrowhead neighborhood of Skyforest to enjoy Santa’s Village during the recently reopened local theme park’s first Christmas Eve in years.

The beloved tourist destination opened in 1955
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Old December 26th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #1930
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Large Riverside warehouse complex gets first OK

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the commission voted 5-3 to recommend that the council allow the 1.37 million square foot project. Commissioners Omar Zaki, Bob Kain and Richard Kirby voted no. Kerry Parker didn’t vote because of a potential conflict of interest.

Developer Hillwood Enterprises and the Magnon Companies, which owns the land, don’t yet have a tenant for the planned distribution center, but estimate it would create 1,000 permanent jobs and bring millions of dollars in revenue to the city.
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Old December 27th, 2016, 04:17 AM   #1931
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Sleek Culver City Project Gets a New Developer

An eyecatching development slated for a prominent site in Downtown Culver City may finally be taking steps forward.

The Real Deal L.A. reports that on Tuesday, Hackman Capital Partners has purchased the development rights for a parking lot at 9300 Culver Boulevard from fellow real estate investment trust Hudson Pacific Properties. The property, also known as Parcel B, is the site of a Culver Steps, a mixed-use complex that HPP had been pursuing with developer Combined Properties.

Although future plans for Parcel B are unclear, a project page from the Combined Properties website describes it as featuring 65,000 square feet of offices above 45,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a subterranenan parking garage.
http://urbanize.la/post/sleek-culver...-new-developer
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Old December 28th, 2016, 04:56 AM   #1932
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Towering Arts District Project Would Flank the L.A. River

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, best known for designing New York's Two World Trade Center, will take his talents to a proposed mixed-use development flanking the Los Angeles River.

The project, known as 670 Mesquit, was revealed yesterday in an article penned by Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The Gallo family, a longtime Arts District property owner, has teamed with real estate firm V.E. Equities on a proposed development which would feature high-rise buildings containing up to 800,000 square feet of offices, 250 residential units, two boutique hotels and street-fronting retail and restaurant space.
http://urbanize.la/post/towering-art...flank-la-river

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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #1933
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Below Wilshire, a subway station is being dug

Three pretty good new pics of the working taking place under Wilshire to excavate the future Wilshire/La Brea Station for the Purple Line Extension. The first segment of the project is under construction and will stretch the Purple Line subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western for 3.9 miles with new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 05:12 AM   #1934
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New Details for the Fig + Pico Convention Center Hotel Project

Lightstone Group, a New York-based real estate firm, continues to forge aheads with plans to construct a convention center hotel complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The Fig + Pico development, which first surfaced in early 2016, would rise from an approximately 1.22-acre property along Pico Boulevard, replacing a surface parking lot and a small commercial building.

Per an initial study published by the Department of City Planning, the project would create a 42-story, 529-foot tower at the corner of Pico and Figueroa Street, featuring two hotels with a combined 820 guest rooms. Plans also call for 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, rooftop pool decks, conference space, amenities and parking for up to 353 vehicles.
http://urbanize.la/post/new-details-...-hotel-project
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New L.A. Rams stadium aims to be an indoor-outdoor entertainment experience

Think of the Los Angeles Rams’ new home in Inglewood as California’s largest indoor-outdoor entertainment space. But instead of a restaurant opening onto a dining patio or a retailer spilling onto a street, this design includes a 70,000-seat stadium, 6,000-seat performance venue and an open plaza embracing the breeze-filled Southern California air, but still fully covered from the elements by a translucent ETFE canopy.

“Natural breezes flow through,” Williams says. “It is very common in Southern California, the indoor-outdoor experience. We have done that same design mentality and scaled it up to three million square feet.”

“It just makes that experience going through the site to the stadium a much higher level,” Williams says. “It is not just a sea of concrete, but is landscaped and terraced.”

“What grew out of that was one of the neatest features of the whole design,” he says. “We have peeled back and terraced around the perimeter, around entry points, so when you are coming in you have a heavily landscaped entry that blends its way into the building.”

And when the entire complex is complete, it will be the largest stadium site in the NFL.
http://www.si.com/nfl/2016/12/29/los...dium-inglewood

Mark Williams, HKS lead architect on the project gives details about the world's most expensive stadium to be built
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It's always funny to see the suburban-like areas around Downtown LA, with lowrise buildings, parking lots, garages etc. - and then all the highrise construction going on.
Well, we have.....had the space to do that. "Sprawl" was our thing because everyone wanted their piece of the sun, that's why most came here.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 08:24 PM   #1938
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 04:45 AM   #1939
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Here’s what’s coming to the empty Chinatown Velvet Turtle site

We’re getting our first look at the new mixed-user planned for the now-vacant Velvet Turtle lot at southeast corner of Hill and Ord streets. The seven-story structure will rise to 89 feet high and hold 162 apartments, according to environmental documents for the project filed with the planning department today.

Renderings from Avant Development, which is behind the project, offer a glimpse of the approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial space slated for the ground floor of the project (apparently at the corner of Ord and Hill).

Residents and visitors to the commercial element of the mixed-user will use the project’s 2.5-level underground parking garage, which will have room for 229 cars. The project will also have 417 bike parking spaces.
http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/29/1411...et-turtle-site
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Plot twists, suspense mark George Lucas' plans for museum in California

After several false starts, Lucas and his art team say they will decide later this month whether to put the museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles, a strategy that has stirred a California rivalry.

"This is the largest civic gift in American history," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told The Associated Press. "I think Los Angeles is the natural home for it" — a notion that San Francisco officials enthusiastically contest.

Los Angeles has offered Lucas a 7-acre spot in Exposition Park, a sprawling cultural compound that holds three other museums and the Coliseum, home to the LA Rams. It has its own light rail station and is near the main campus of the University of Southern California, where Lucas went to film school.

"A museum should not be cloistered away from the people," LA Mayor Garcetti said. "We don't live life on islands."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...103-story.html
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