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Old June 23rd, 2008, 07:54 PM   #441
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Waldorf=Astoria is the official name of the company.

BTW that question was asked and answered for thousand times.
maybe it is time for waldorf to change the name - the "=" looks cheap and is confusing.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 12:38 PM   #442
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maybe it is time for waldorf to change the name - the "=" looks cheap and is confusing.
rubbish, it's an iconic name and won't be changed
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:54 PM   #443
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maybe it is time for waldorf to change the name - the "=" looks cheap and is confusing.
WHAT??? It's confusing only to those that don't have any knowledge of history.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 04:55 AM   #444
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OMG come on, Waldorf=Astoria is steeped in history, that name NEEDS to stay exactly as it is. It seems that in the very beginning there was only one hyphen, hence 'meet me at the hyphen' informs that you are meting at Waldorf=Astoria. I wonder when the dual hyphen or equals sign came to be used. I remember always being dual hyphen.

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Old June 27th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #445
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A Brief History

From their website...

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On March 24, 1893, millionaire William Waldorf Astor opened the 13-story Waldorf Hotel on the site, which had formerly boasted his mansion, at Fifth Avenue at 33rd Street. Built by renowned architect Henry Hardenbergh, The Waldorf was the embodiment of Astor's vision of a grand hotel, complete with electricity throughout and private bathrooms in many guest chambers - two of a long list of Waldorf firsts. Four years later, The Waldorf was joined by the 17-story Astoria Hotel, erected on an adjacent site by Waldorf's cousin, John Jacob Astor IV. The corridor built to connect the two buildings became an enduring symbol of the combined Waldorf and Astoria hotels - it is represented by the "=" in The Waldorf=Astoria
This is just a small excerpt. Rest of the story can be found here... http://waldorfastoria.hilton.com/en/...ey=FAQ_history
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Old June 29th, 2008, 10:43 PM   #446
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Waiting it's turn

The lot for W=A tower ( note lot for 465 N park in background )


The local cuisine .....


.... and the patrons



What to expect ( 465 N Park - June 20 )
Radiation testing


sifting out the cool old granite paving stones.


This wall continues on into the W=A site
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Old June 30th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #447
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I wish they'd give me those old granite paving stones.

Glad to see this tower approved and prep work starting. Go Chicago.
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Old June 30th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #448
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whats the need for Radiation testing
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Old June 30th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #449
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whats the need for Radiation testing
Thorium - old site for a watch factory I think. Very common in this area, the site just to the north had extensive contamination and remediation.
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Old September 6th, 2008, 05:38 AM   #450
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Old September 6th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #451
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Harryc, it looks like you guys got a whole lot of rain. How much did you get? Also, what is the status of this project? I know it is approved by the city, but are they just preparing the site and holding off construction until the economy recovers?
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when was it approved ?
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Harryc, it looks like you guys got a whole lot of rain. How much did you get? Also, what is the status of this project? I know it is approved by the city, but are they just preparing the site and holding off construction until the economy recovers?
Not that much - drainage is a real problem when you are a foot or so above the water table.

AFAIK the project is approved, the smaller residential tower has just finished site prep ( stuff on the left ). The W=A site itself is still being used as a surface lot.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #454
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The first rendering suggests the glass on the ''sexy" curved side will be quite generic.
I think the cladding looks quite nice in the rendering - I cant decide whether its generic looking, but I would LOVE to see something like this built in Los Angeles!! Our tallest is the library tower which is roughly the same height as the Waterview when it gets completed. Even more so, we need to catch up on the density side as well. Im VERY happy to see all of these proposals popping up in whats pratically our own backyard, during a time when all of these gigantic structures are getting built all over the world (it seems everywhere but here in the USA lately!) - At least we have the spire, and the top occupied floor isnt too much lower than the Burj Dubai - I believe the CS top occupied floor is at 586 meters versus the Burj at 624 meters.

It will be years before LA wakes up (if ever) and dusts off the plans for the 151 story CA Sky Tower!!

When you take into account the size of our economy in LA, we have an awfully nuetered skyline!
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Old September 7th, 2008, 12:37 AM   #455
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The look and shape of this building is really hard to imagine. I have no idea what it would really look like. It's super tall though, so I'm all for it.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #456
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maybe it is time for waldorf to change the name - the "=" looks cheap and is confusing.
It's more about history... than looking good.
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Old September 7th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #457
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The - was put there when the two hotel became one. The Waldorf hotel and the Astoria hotel.
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This is one hell of a sexy beast for the Windy City, Chicago is already out of this world, can't imagine how good it will look with TT, CS, and now this!
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Old September 7th, 2008, 10:44 PM   #459
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Chicago is like NY , they have paved the way for this City to be a skyscraper City since it's infantry , so it's like a tradition for the Chicago to continue with more and more skyscrapers to be built in the future with beautiful skylines...
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This tower will make an excellent addition to the Chicago skyline and will complement the Chicago Spire as well.
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