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Old August 29th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Los Angeles Neon: Past, Present, Future

During it's heyday Los Angeles's Broadway had what was then the world's biggest display of neon signs. Throughout the city neon signs were on the sides and roof tops of buildings. Through some effort some of those neon signs have been restored, for example the Los Angeles, Palace and Orpheum theatre signs, the Bendix rooftop sign in the Fashion District and the KRKD radio station call letters on the transmitter towers of the Arcade building between Broadway and Spring street. Do you think the neon signs can make a comeback in Los Angeles or is LED the future or both? Your thoughts and comments.

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Old August 29th, 2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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Old August 30th, 2008, 12:20 AM   #3
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definately both. this city would love to see broadway restored to it's former glory, if not surpass it. Plenty of space for LED in downtown, especially south park. Hollywood could get a great mix of both since there are already a lot of neon and LED has been placed on the same buildings.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 05:33 AM   #4
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Old August 30th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #5
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Both are the future to revitalizing not only Broadway, but Downtown LA. The future streetcar is a good indicator of steps in the right direction to making Broadway even better than it's much more lively past. As fern said, in time.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #6
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oh cool picture.. so... backthen.. today it looks so.. Umm weird..and old and sandy.,...

blurry!! blurruyu

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specially the Swap meet stores.. one one is enough...


wait icarly supposedly lives... in the eastern columbia building lol.. yeah i watch the show
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Old August 30th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #7
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Old August 30th, 2008, 09:14 PM   #8
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..it blinds people for miles.
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blinds people? hardly..it can definitely be seen from a long way but the sign is high up on the building. Did I mention I really like it? Stuff like that is done all over Seoul and hey what do you know thats a Korean brand
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Old September 30th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #10
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definately both. this city would love to see broadway restored to it's former glory, if not surpass it. Plenty of space for LED in downtown, especially south park. Hollywood could get a great mix of both since there are already a lot of neon and LED has been placed on the same buildings.
I'd like to see flashing LED signs along Broadway. As it is now Broadway is poorly lit. Those low energy LED's could brighten Broadway without the city having to spend millions for improved lighting.
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Old October 11th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #11
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blinds people? hardly..it can definitely be seen from a long way but the sign is high up on the building. Did I mention I really like it? Stuff like that is done all over Seoul and hey what do you know thats a Korean brand
Yeah!! I love those signs that are on top of buildings in Japan and Korea
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If Broadway were to ever to return to its former glory as it did would people possibly begin to call DTLA the city? Or would you still refer to it as just Downtown LA?
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Old October 12th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #13
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Why would they call it "the city"? Makes no sense to me.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #14
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When I say I going to the city center most of my friends know that I mean the downtown city center of Los Angeles.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #15
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I'd like to see flashing LED signs along Broadway. As it is now Broadway is poorly lit. Those low energy LED's could brighten Broadway without the city having to spend millions for improved lighting.
Broadway as well as the other major thoroughfares in the city center.
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Why would they call it "the city"? Makes no sense to me.
Beatslim, look.....
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Old October 15th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #17
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When I say I going to the city center most of my friends know that I mean the downtown city center of Los Angeles.
Then just use "downtown city center".
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 03:02 PM   #18
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I noticed that with LA, its not neon concentrated compared to HK or Tokyo.

Hollywood Blvd currently has the greatest concentration of neon lights, electronic display boards, etc in LA.

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Old November 4th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #19
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i think of the neon lights that used to be on broadway as a film noir (black film) setting, which usually incorporates detectives, blinds, ceiling fans, dark rooms, giant block housing, cigars, fem fetals, and the such. very cool atmosphere that can't be beat with any other type of architecture
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I think it will look somewhat like that but idk if it will be like Times Square with that much signage.
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