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ChargerCarl
Jan 28, 2016, 12:44 AM
^God bless the Japanese.

BrianMojo
Jan 28, 2016, 12:58 AM
Metro did not buy the ROW to put a bike path there. There's a bike path next to the expo line, there's a bike path next to the orange line, the fact that there is a bike path here is not going to stop the Slauson LRT from eventually being completed. That would be nonsensical.

They're building a fully landscaped walking and biking path, like exists on Culver Blvd. If they're going to build rail on it it's way down the line.

NSMP
Jan 28, 2016, 3:10 AM
They're building a fully landscaped walking and biking path, like exists on Culver Blvd. If they're going to build rail on it it's way down the line.

Primary point here is that if they're going to put a rail line here, a 40 million dollar bike path will not stop it from happening and conversely, if it doesn't happen, the bike path will not be the reason why either.

NativeOrange
Jan 28, 2016, 7:03 AM
Article from CurbedLA regarding the future of the Sunset Strip's billboards outlines a presentation that could eventually make its way into WeHo's community development plan when they announce it in autumn.

http://m.la.curbed.com/archives/2016/01/west_hollywood_sunset_strip_billboards_rules.php

The plan states that billboards on the Sunset Strip would have to be creative and artsy, with at least one of the following features:

- Three-dimensional props and extensions
- Extensions with cut-out shapes or voids
- Integrated thematic lighting
- Moving or animated mechanical elements
- Different day-time and and night-time images
- Hand-painted graphics or graphics crafted on-site
- Alternative textures and materials such as plants and vegetation
- Live action
- Innovative technologies

The idea is to make the billboards more visually eye catching and unique. I think this could be a great idea. What do you guys think?

San Frangelino
Jan 28, 2016, 2:59 PM
Taken yesterday
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Mp8kUkaXoqo/VqossbAmezI/AAAAAAAABpk/BpDUsCs9Rao/s1600/101.jpg

mbb
Jan 28, 2016, 4:08 PM
Primary point here is that if they're going to put a rail line here, a 40 million dollar bike path will not stop it from happening and conversely, if it doesn't happen, the bike path will not be the reason why either.

Social justice issues in South LA are likely to be big points of contention if there is a proposal to convert to rail. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina, both very much motivated by social and environmental justice, have been driving forces in the development of the corridor:
http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/12/17/dear-santa-please-bring-us-an-active-transportation-corridor-along-slauson-but-dont-forget-the-community-in-the-process/
http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/05/22/planning-and-programming-committee-recommend-metro-board-take-next-steps-on-rail-to-river-atc/

Metro is studying rail on the Harbor Subdivision, including a link from DTLA to LAX. Rail has to be reconciled with concerns of South LA communities about what could be viewed as a service primarily intended for rich people in DTLA to get to LAX
http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/harbor_subdivision/faqs.htm

If you not only put a surface rail line through the community, but also take away a public green space and bike corridor, that makes a difference.

NSMP
Jan 28, 2016, 4:29 PM
I certainly wouldn't advocate that rail come at the expense of the pedestrian/bike facilities for this community. I think Mark Ridley-Thomas is the elected official par excellence in this county and he's done great work in procuring funding for the walk/bike path. So, having said all that, yes Metro can and should still be putting rail on Slauson. It was one of the stipulations of beginning the bike path project that the ROW be preserved for future development.

Also, I am familiar with the AA. Yes, community members are right to be skeptical of the regional rail option, however a LRT would benefit them as much or more than any other community in the region. Much has changed since that AA was published, enough that it now seems insufficient and out of date. I'm not sure how we got so far afield on this topic but I feel like I've said my piece

brudy
Jan 29, 2016, 1:59 AM
More idiocy on the ballot measure halting development. Apparently the Homeboy Industries head supports it. How backwards thinking can they be? It defies logic to think that stopping development will keep prices in check.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeboy-industries-ballot-measure-la-overdevelopment-20160128-story.html

King Kill 'em
Jan 29, 2016, 2:18 AM
delete

UserName01010
Jan 29, 2016, 4:44 AM
More idiocy on the ballot measure halting development. Apparently the Homeboy Industries head supports it. How backwards thinking can they be? It defies logic to think that stopping development will keep prices in check.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeboy-industries-ballot-measure-la-overdevelopment-20160128-story.html

The hypocrisy is strong in this one (referring to the NIMBYS)...I'm seeing a pattern here, AIDs Foundation is located in a highrise. Homeboy Industries is located in one of the most urban areas...They're delusional and naive.

DJM19
Jan 29, 2016, 6:26 AM
It makes it all the more frustrating to see people who say they support the measure "because of the affordable housing crisis" and not understand that this measure will exacerbate the issue 10-fold. Makes you wonder if they really understand the consequences that poorly or if they have ulterior motives. For Father Boyle, I am inclined to say they former. For the AIDs Foundation head, the latter.

King Kill 'em
Jan 29, 2016, 2:54 PM
It makes it all the more frustrating to see people who say they support the measure "because of the affordable housing crisis" and not understand that this measure will exacerbate the issue 10-fold. Makes you wonder if they really understand the consequences that poorly or if they have ulterior motives. For Father Boyle, I am inclined to say they former. For the AIDs Foundation head, the latter.

Riordan is also very much the latter. People are really stupid if they actually believe he stands for the little guy. He stands for money. Pure and simple.

BrandonJXN
Jan 29, 2016, 3:45 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/north-hollywood-station-gets-another-tod

Mixed-use development to replace the rental car lot at North Hollywood Station. Seven-story building with 127 apartments (10 for very-low income households) and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/noho_0.JPG?itok=Aa5SF93d

That *HUGE* parking lot needs to be looked at and hard. It makes zero sense for there to be that much open space at the terminus of 2 metro lines. And I don't mean developed by putting a massive 7 story low rise on it. At least not on the scale of 8th and Grand.

blackcat23
Jan 29, 2016, 3:49 PM
New rendering of the Inglewood Stadium (http://urbanize.la/post/shiny-new-rendering-inglewood-stadium)

:slob:

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/rams.jpg?itok=AV1jMPXS

UserName01010
Jan 29, 2016, 4:28 PM
Here is the opinion piece written by King Kill 'em. Enjoy!

10 Reasons Why The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative Is Wrong For Los Angeles


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/BR3Bp7gQuW1JDJxmU8FhJmsM6JqZOCQ3RizQxZYxMqUub1hy9mhDIfa3HE7Ytl0c4jWaSpIaT7f9pBJbInQZaGVYT7VQyrlaBdUvm18=w346-h230-p

By: Oscar Gake​ During the last few decades, Los Angeles has been working hard to shed it's car-centric image, and adopt a cleaner and more urban one. We've created a new...

http://www.laocdb.com/opinions/10-reasons-why-the-neighborhood-integrity-initiative-is-wrong-for-los-angeles

ChargerCarl
Jan 29, 2016, 5:41 PM
Is there any reason for all that open space? Couldn't they develop that instead and make it more like Wrigleyville in Chicago?

cargocultpants
Jan 29, 2016, 5:52 PM
Tailgating

ChargerCarl
Jan 29, 2016, 5:53 PM
On a lake? :shrug:

oh well

retina
Jan 29, 2016, 5:55 PM
It makes it all the more frustrating to see people who say they support the measure "because of the affordable housing crisis" and not understand that this measure will exacerbate the issue 10-fold. Makes you wonder if they really understand the consequences that poorly or if they have ulterior motives. For Father Boyle, I am inclined to say they former. For the AIDs Foundation head, the latter.

Someone much smarter an than I, please explain this to me. This initiative will place a 2-year moratorium on development requiring zone variances from the current LA general plan, which I understand is almost every project luxury to affordable. Will the current re:code LA project update the zoning code, allowing developers to be in the line with code and build by-right? Density and all? Last I heard, re:code should be implemented downtown in 2016 and other parts of the city are to follow. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

If affordable housing was their true motivation, than place that on the ballot, but this is outright NIMBYism. Get ready for SF without the rich people.

retina
Jan 29, 2016, 5:57 PM
Is there any reason for all that open space? Couldn't they develop that instead and make it more like Wrigleyville in Chicago?

What's wrong with then open space? Plenty of shops/restaurant in the complex nearby. Tailgating? I don't think so, not with this clientele.

ChargerCarl
Jan 29, 2016, 6:10 PM
Get ready for SF without the rich people.

By most measurements it's already here.

What's wrong with then open space? Plenty of shops/restaurant in the complex nearby. Tailgating? I don't think so, not with this clientele.

Tends to go unused. Rather see more amenities.

ChelseaFC
Jan 29, 2016, 6:19 PM
Tends to go unused. Rather see more amenities.

Amenities won't be an issue at the Inglewood complex. If anything, there will be too much.

Eightball
Jan 29, 2016, 6:21 PM
Solid op-ed King Kill Em. I look forward to more

cargocultpants
Jan 29, 2016, 6:58 PM
New renderings of the Crenshaw / LAX line:
https://lametthesource.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/vernon-platform.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1
https://lametthesource.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/aviation-platform-level.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1

More at http://thesource.metro.net/2016/01/29/new-renderings-of-three-crenshawlax-line-stations/

Honestly, I was a bit worried that when Metro decided to go with a "kit of parts" design for new projects, we'd end up with very dull, vaguely inoffensive "contemporary" looks, such as the new Silver Line stations in Boston or DC. (Or new BART stations are even worse.)

These, while still certainly on the safe side, are better than I expected. The headhouse has hints of MCM in it, and the landscaping looks thoughtful.

blackcat23
Jan 29, 2016, 7:30 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/another-hotel-hollywood-and-vine

citizenM Hotels buys property at Hollywood and Vine to develop their second US project.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/vine_0.JPG?itok=mcpToFQo

Resident
Jan 29, 2016, 10:56 PM
The Los Angeles Chargers and Rams just agreed to a lease deal in Inglewood.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/29/chargers-rams-agree-principle-decision/

King Kill 'em
Jan 29, 2016, 11:50 PM
New renderings of the Crenshaw / LAX line:
https://lametthesource.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/vernon-platform.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1
https://lametthesource.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/aviation-platform-level.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1

More at http://thesource.metro.net/2016/01/29/new-renderings-of-three-crenshawlax-line-stations/

Honestly, I was a bit worried that when Metro decided to go with a "kit of parts" design for new projects, we'd end up with very dull, vaguely inoffensive "contemporary" looks, such as the new Silver Line stations in Boston or DC. (Or new BART stations are even worse.)

These, while still certainly on the safe side, are better than I expected. The headhouse has hints of MCM in it, and the landscaping looks thoughtful.

I really dislike how they've decided to go with a uniform portal design for this line, the purple line extension, and the regional connector. Part of what's great about the LA metro is the station art and part of the station art is the different entrances to underground stations.

losangelesnative
Jan 30, 2016, 12:24 AM
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/29/report-chargers-rams-reach-deal-to-share-inglewood-stadium/

Chargers have decided to stay in San Diego for at least 2016 while they negotiate for a new stadium there. They have until January 2017 to exercise their option to move

ChelseaFC
Jan 30, 2016, 1:38 AM
Hollywood Development map now available...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z1caQAJj-ESI.kiDA1n_E-bDI

As always, if anything is incorrect or missing, please post a reply or send a PM.

112597jorge
Jan 30, 2016, 2:56 AM
Hollywood Development map now available...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z1caQAJj-ESI.kiDA1n_E-bDI

As always, if anything is incorrect or missing, please post a reply or send a PM.

awesome map! :cheers:

but i think there is a proposal for a hotel indigo on highland, on the vacant lot opposite of Franklin. I dont know if its still alive

LA21st
Jan 30, 2016, 6:58 AM
Hollywood Development map now available...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z1caQAJj-ESI.kiDA1n_E-bDI

As always, if anything is incorrect or missing, please post a reply or send a PM.


Awesome. I was thinking about how it would with all the developments.
Exciting stuff.
You could include some of the newer West Hollywood stuff too.

Resident
Jan 30, 2016, 10:20 AM
Hollywood Development map now available...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z1caQAJj-ESI.kiDA1n_E-bDI

As always, if anything is incorrect or missing, please post a reply or send a PM.

I know I am kind of beign greedy and I don't know if it is easily doable, but I would actually love it if both maps were actually on the same map instead of two different ones.

cesar90
Jan 30, 2016, 7:32 PM
pi-qCECHAps

blackcat23
Jan 30, 2016, 11:31 PM
Altitude at Howard Hughes Center, as of today.

545-unit apartment complex, designed by TCA Architects and developed by Equity Residential.

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtl1/v/t1.0-9/12670587_819388481538244_2567538864125310029_n.jpg?oh=43988cd61230abb86baba60403bb5b58&oe=5747146A
https://www.facebook.com/urbanizela/

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/12508752_819388498204909_3355171925572652597_n.jpg?oh=c15b87a5b0a70855e6d130a117af1e4e&oe=5728546B

Steve8263
Feb 1, 2016, 4:50 PM
Gelson's Markets to Build Second Location in Hollywood

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gelsons-markets-to-build-second-location-in-hollywood-300212679.html

Gelson's Markets has entered into a lease for its second Hollywood location. The vibrant new development, to be distinguished by a metal and glass façade and rooftop parking, will be built at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gardner Street.

http://photos.prnewswire.com/featured/prnthumbnew/20160131/327766

202_Cyclist
Feb 1, 2016, 5:13 PM
Site plans for 'B6 Parcel' near Bob Hope Airport in the works

By Chad Garland
LA Times
Jan. 29, 2016

http://www.trbimg.com/img-56ac18ca/turbine/tn-blr-me-site-plans-for-b6-parcel-in-the-work-001/750/750x422
Image courtesy of the LA Times.

"Near Bob Hope Airport, the $72.5-million sale of a roughly 58-acre piece of property sometimes known as the "B6 parcel" is set to close next month, and the buyer hopes to develop the site into a "best-in-class" business park with office, industrial and retail space, plus a hotel.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which owns the site and approved its sale to Gardena-based Overton Moore Properties in November, voted in closed session last week to set the closing for Feb. 25, one day later than initially planned.

The Burbank City Council could discuss in March whether it will consider a General Plan amendment for the property, which is in the heart of a 540-acre area adjacent to the airport that is expected to undergo significant changes in the next decade or two, including a potential replacement terminal at the airfield and a possible high-speed-rail station nearby..."

http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-site-plans-for-b6-parcel-in-the-works-20160129-story.html

losangelesnative
Feb 1, 2016, 9:08 PM
Bisnow gives some details on USC Village and Century Plaza

USC- held topping out ceremony Jan 27, will be complete Mid-2017

Century Plaza- Still on track to start March 1st, when the hotel closes

Two 46 story towers, 100 sq ft of restaurant and retail, top 5 floors of hotel will be converted to 65 residences, hotel rooms shrink from 724 to 364

will be complete Mid 2018

https://www.bisnow.com/los-angeles/news/commercial-real-estate/harley-ellis-roy-reel-55265

King Kill 'em
Feb 1, 2016, 10:43 PM
Site plans for 'B6 Parcel' near Bob Hope Airport in the works

By Chad Garland
LA Times
Jan. 29, 2016

http://www.trbimg.com/img-56ac18ca/turbine/tn-blr-me-site-plans-for-b6-parcel-in-the-work-001/750/750x422
Image courtesy of the LA Times.

"Near Bob Hope Airport, the $72.5-million sale of a roughly 58-acre piece of property sometimes known as the "B6 parcel" is set to close next month, and the buyer hopes to develop the site into a "best-in-class" business park with office, industrial and retail space, plus a hotel.

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which owns the site and approved its sale to Gardena-based Overton Moore Properties in November, voted in closed session last week to set the closing for Feb. 25, one day later than initially planned.

The Burbank City Council could discuss in March whether it will consider a General Plan amendment for the property, which is in the heart of a 540-acre area adjacent to the airport that is expected to undergo significant changes in the next decade or two, including a potential replacement terminal at the airfield and a possible high-speed-rail station nearby..."

http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-site-plans-for-b6-parcel-in-the-works-20160129-story.html

I'm extremely disappointed that this will be a business park. They could have extended the redline and created some sort of amazing walkable village with retail and housing and green space and office. What a waste.

King Kill 'em
Feb 1, 2016, 10:49 PM
Hollywood Development map now available...

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=z1caQAJj-ESI.kiDA1n_E-bDI

As always, if anything is incorrect or missing, please post a reply or send a PM.

There's an 18 unit condo complex under construction on Cahuenga called the Cahuenga 18 directly north of the freeway. Couldn't find any articles

202_Cyclist
Feb 1, 2016, 10:55 PM
I'm extremely disappointed that this will be a business park. They could have extended the redline and created some sort of amazing walkable village with retail and housing and green space and office. What a waste.

I agree. There was a study last year to extend both the Orange line and the Red line to Burbank airport, which of course, Metrolink and Amtrak already serve.

bobbyv
Feb 2, 2016, 12:53 AM
Finally a good article from LAtimes:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/livable-city/la-oe-0201-elkind-transit-ridership-decline-20160201-story.html

losangelesnative
Feb 2, 2016, 1:07 AM
Facebook taking up 35,000 square feet at Playa Jefferson, leaving behind their smaller office at Campus Playa

Their offices will be ready by summer

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2016/02/facebook_los_angeles_office_playa_vista.php#more

202_Cyclist
Feb 2, 2016, 1:11 AM
Finally a good article from LAtimes:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/livable-city/la-oe-0201-elkind-transit-ridership-decline-20160201-story.html

Excellent column. If you get a chance, read Ethan Elkind's book, 'Railtown,' which describes the history and current effort to build a comprehensive, extensive passenger rail system in Los Angeles.

timpdx
Feb 2, 2016, 3:46 AM
Saw this sign just this afternoon, does this project still have a pulse? (no activity at site, just the sign)

http://i.imgur.com/BRWWrKj.jpg

cesar90
Feb 2, 2016, 5:11 AM
_wlXZW5rvig

losangelesnative
Feb 2, 2016, 5:30 AM
Timpdx, black cat posted an article on urbanize a few months back showing that it was going through the permit process so maybe (hopefully) its farther along and maybe breaking ground within a few months

blackcat23
Feb 2, 2016, 4:10 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/lincoln-heights-warehouse-become-mixed-use-complex

Five-acre property in Lincoln Heights near Heritage Square Museum to become 410 rresidential units, 10,000 square feet of retail and 30,000 square feet of office space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/lincoln.JPG?itok=zX01TfWx

cargocultpants
Feb 2, 2016, 4:15 PM
Timpdx, that sign has been there for literally years. You can see the weird rendering of the original Expo line, so it's even older than that.

blackcat23
Feb 3, 2016, 3:40 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/six-story-apartment-building-begins-work-westchester

Mill Creek Residential breaks ground on an apartment building at Westchester's Howard Hughes Center. According to LADBS info, the project is a six-story complex with 375 apartments and 1,5000 sq. ft. of residential space, designed by VTBS.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/village_1.JPG?itok=Bb0DY7iT

colemonkee
Feb 3, 2016, 4:33 PM
Oh great, VTBS, the architecture firm that gave us such architectural gems as The Jefferson @ Hollywood Blvd, Wilshire Borgata, and Blvd 6200...

NativeOrange
Feb 3, 2016, 6:32 PM
Ugh. At least it's freeway adjacent.

circuitfiend
Feb 4, 2016, 6:35 PM
Topping out ceremony for 10000 SaMo today. Big lunch banquet for the workers being set up, along with the ceremonial final steel beam. Crescent Heights spent some serious $$$ on this. Glad that it's all coming to an end. Done with the building vibrations/noise we've had to endure for the last couple years of construction, in addition to the lane closures on SaMo Blvd. during rush hours. Handsome building, tho.

blackcat23
Feb 5, 2016, 3:23 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/rendering-revealed-north-hollywood-tod

Renderings for the Micropolitan at Chandler, a six-story apartment complex with 82 residential units and 1,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Located at Tujunga and Chandler, just one block from North Hollywood Station.

Designed by Killefer Flammang Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/image001.jpg?itok=1kMXjAQf

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/tujungachandler_0.JPG?itok=WHHv03xs

Doctorboffin
Feb 5, 2016, 3:38 PM
Not anything amazing, but it is nice. I think the little orange area could look really good though.

blackcat23
Feb 5, 2016, 5:07 PM
High-Rise Development Planned at Wilshire/Normandie Station (http://urbanize.la/post/high-rise-complex-planned-near-wilshirenormandie-station)

Jamison Services files plans for 32-story and 14-story residential towers at 3545 Wilshire Boulevard. 428 residential units and nearly 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3545wilshire1.JPG?itok=3-7bYsZI

SD_Phil
Feb 5, 2016, 6:03 PM
^That's a pretty large project!

StethJeff
Feb 5, 2016, 7:41 PM
Excellent. Wilshire will continue to be what the future of the city rests on. Build out along a major corridor and transit line that connects the business/cultural backbone of the region. This is what'll help spur transit and walkability for the region. In my mind, this is way more exciting than another Arts Distict development.

colemonkee
Feb 5, 2016, 8:39 PM
This is great. Hopefully the retail fronts Wilshire and 6th Street (and possibly some space along Ardmore, though that's not necessary).

On a somewhat related note, KCRW ran an interview on rent prices in LA and featured an interview with the CEO of Redfin, who pretty eloquently positioned slower development as one of the key reasons for rent increases across LA County (which are now reaching as high as they were in the most recent real estate crash - which should be worrying). It was a not-so-veiled shot across the bow at the AIDS Foundation-funded anti-density efforts.

sopas ej
Feb 5, 2016, 11:12 PM
High-Rise Development Planned at Wilshire/Normandie Station (http://urbanize.la/post/high-rise-complex-planned-near-wilshirenormandie-station)

Jamison Services files plans for 32-story and 14-story residential towers at 3545 Wilshire Boulevard. 428 residential units and nearly 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3545wilshire1.JPG?itok=3-7bYsZI

Too bad the new development won't force the demolition of the BCD Tofu House. That place needs to go out of business.

Illithid Dude
Feb 6, 2016, 12:22 AM
Too bad the new development won't force the demolition of the BCD Tofu House. That place needs to go out of business.

On an urban level maybe, but damn if I haven't had some solid 4am drunk meals there

ChargerCarl
Feb 6, 2016, 7:31 PM
We desperately need to take our city back from NIMBY control:

http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/3/Make_Room_Preso-8e25cc.pdf

blackcat23
Feb 7, 2016, 8:02 PM
Westfield Century City

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12705364_823890244421401_4160428158283132978_n.jpg?oh=6683340962315cc37cde2c56948c64cd&oe=573DD610

colemonkee
Feb 7, 2016, 9:39 PM
^ That steal has gone up pretty quickly over the last couple of weeks. I drove by there a few weeks ago on my way to a meeting, and there was nothing above ground in the new construction areas yet.

King Kill 'em
Feb 8, 2016, 4:03 AM
Burbank + fire at Universal Studios

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1521/24591677010_b5a0325714_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Dt5LPd)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/Dt5LPd) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

Glendale

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1443/24519529299_0b1b5d19d5_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DmGZPa)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/DmGZPa) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

Most of the Valley

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1690/24258954734_c515f06dfd_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CXFu5f)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/CXFu5f) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1462/24260321853_b713a86556_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CXNutg)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/CXNutg) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1598/24793796281_44f9877f05_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DLWFQe)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/DLWFQe) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

ConstructDTLA
Feb 8, 2016, 5:01 AM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1561/24794868971_afd3d165d1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DM3bGT)Inglewood Football Stadium? (https://flic.kr/p/DM3bGT) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

Eightball
Feb 9, 2016, 6:29 PM
Here's some short footage of the Wilshire/Vermont intersection from last month I never posted. Also features some 9th story views from a nearby office building and a couple random shots

QQ5Xaj8ivtM

bobbyv
Feb 10, 2016, 12:12 AM
Article about the stalled Hollywood Target

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hollywood-target-20160209-story.html

NativeOrange
Feb 10, 2016, 6:14 AM
Anyone see this on Curbed today? Never heard about this prior to today.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Soho House-type club on the Sunset Strip. Interesting architecture too.

http://m.la.curbed.com/archives/2016/02/gwyneth_paltrow_arts_club_sunset_strip_design.php

Resident
Feb 10, 2016, 8:39 AM
Article about the stalled Hollywood Target

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hollywood-target-20160209-story.html

I was at city council today. Everything got delayed 60 days to hear appeals about some things.

ChelseaFC
Feb 10, 2016, 4:34 PM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1462/24260321853_b713a86556_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/CXNutg)Untitled (https://flic.kr/p/CXNutg) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

A bit embarrassed to ask because I probably should know, but what are the two black objects flying in this photo?

colemonkee
Feb 10, 2016, 4:56 PM
^ Birds.

blackcat23
Feb 10, 2016, 5:24 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/century-city-apartment-tower-nears-completion

New rendering for 10000 SaMo Blvd, although this one is close to finished.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/10000.jpg?itok=FgPQbq3u

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160207_095309%280%29.jpg?itok=AFNR1Fhk

SimonLA
Feb 10, 2016, 5:51 PM
I was at city council today. Everything got delayed 60 days to hear appeals about some things.

:koko:

Appeals on what? La Mirada appealing the new zoning? I honestly cannot take that Doug Haines, and this city's NIMBYism is sending me to an early grave.

ChelseaFC
Feb 10, 2016, 6:57 PM
^ Birds.

The reason I ask is there was a very odd black aircraft hovering over Mulholland Drive yesterday (I was driving between Benedict and Coldwater Canyon around 5:30pm). It was like nothing I've ever seen, and it definitely appeared to be piloted. It looked military, almost like a Bruce Wayne type craft. Anyone have any idea what this was?

Jun
Feb 10, 2016, 7:43 PM
The reason I ask is there was a very odd black aircraft hovering over Mulholland Drive yesterday (I was driving between Benedict and Coldwater Canyon around 5:30pm). It was like nothing I've ever seen, and it definitely appeared to be piloted. It looked military, almost like a Bruce Wayne type craft. Anyone have any idea what this was?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Boeing_V-22_Osprey

Part of Obama's security detail when he comes in tomorrow for fundraising.

ChelseaFC
Feb 10, 2016, 7:59 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_Boeing_V-22_Osprey

Part of Obama's security detail when he comes in tomorrow for fundraising.

Nope, it definitely wasn't a helicopter/rotary. It was pitch black. I'm talking straight-up Bruce Wayne style. Looked like a spaceship. It was insane. It's apparently Navy. Would love to find out what it was though.

Resident
Feb 10, 2016, 10:42 PM
:koko:

Appeals on what? La Mirada appealing the new zoning? I honestly cannot take that Doug Haines, and this city's NIMBYism is sending me to an early grave.

La Mirada had 3 things they appealled. Planning Commission also mandated that Target provide child care on site or immediately adjacent and target is appealing that.

BrianMojo
Feb 10, 2016, 11:49 PM
Nope, it definitely wasn't a helicopter/rotary. It was pitch black. I'm talking straight-up Bruce Wayne style. Looked like a spaceship. It was insane. It's apparently Navy. Would love to find out what it was though.

Saw this too. It's real!

Wilcal
Feb 11, 2016, 12:07 AM
Yes, crows I would guess. Don't feel embarrassed though, at first I though they looked like B1 bombers!

King Kill 'em
Feb 11, 2016, 12:31 AM
^Speaking of B1 bombers, you see the giant strip mall in the picture with Lowe's, Target, Staples etc.? It use to be a factory for Lockheed where they would make war planes and other vehicles too. Lockheed left in the 90s and it was developed into what it is now called the Empire Center, opening in 2001. I think it was truly a huge mistake and an enormous waste of land. It's about an entire square mile and there is way too much parking. The only time it is ever more than half full is on Black Friday. A wild dream I have is to redevelop it. Route a metro line to it and create an urban village type thing. I'd tear everything down except for the three midrise office buildings. There would be a lot of greenspace. It could consist of a bunch of 5-25 story buildings. The same big box stores already there could be on the bottom floor and hundreds of residential units could be on top. Streetscape would be key and keeping all parking underground and out of sight would be very important.

ConstructDTLA
Feb 11, 2016, 6:37 PM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1532/24935592746_3127b7e63c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DZtqYS)Crenshaw Line? (https://flic.kr/p/DZtqYS) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

mbb
Feb 11, 2016, 9:45 PM
^Speaking of B1 bombers, you see the giant strip mall in the picture with Lowe's, Target, Staples etc.? It use to be a factory for Lockheed where they would make war planes and other vehicles too. Lockheed left in the 90s and it was developed into what it is now called the Empire Center, opening in 2001. I think it was truly a huge mistake and an enormous waste of land. It's about an entire square mile and there is way too much parking. The only time it is ever more than half full is on Black Friday. A wild dream I have is to redevelop it. Route a metro line to it and create an urban village type thing. I'd tear everything down except for the three midrise office buildings. There would be a lot of greenspace. It could consist of a bunch of 5-25 story buildings. The same big box stores already there could be on the bottom floor and hundreds of residential units could be on top. Streetscape would be key and keeping all parking underground and out of sight would be very important.

Two metrolink lines run on either side of this. If metrolink could run proper S-bahn / RER service and add an infill station, that should be sufficient at pretty low cost. Main thing would be to get metrolink to actually run a proper service - maybe let Metro run trains on their track?

King Kill 'em
Feb 11, 2016, 10:48 PM
Two metrolink lines run on either side of this. If metrolink could run proper S-bahn / RER service and add an infill station, that should be sufficient at pretty low cost. Main thing would be to get metrolink to actually run a proper service - maybe let Metro run trains on their track?

Metrolink service is honestly a joke unless you're commuting to work from far away. Here's what I was thinking. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zhZG5yd0CGfo.kU-Cq2pKU4OQ&usp=sharing This is a work in progress.

Jun
Feb 12, 2016, 12:22 AM
Part of why Metrolink sucks is because it shares the rightaway with freight companies. Which means: A. Service is dicated by the owner of the tracks, B. Draconian safety laws mandate the train cars be built like tanks increasing weight and complexity C. Electrification is out, which would decrease operating costs significantly.

DJM19
Feb 12, 2016, 1:39 AM
Metrolink does have some double-tracking projects going on. Long term it would be amazing to see them run a more S-Bahn like serivce...One can dream.

SoCalKid
Feb 12, 2016, 4:21 AM
Metrolink does have some double-tracking projects going on. Long term it would be amazing to see them run a more S-Bahn like serivce...One can dream.

I don't have much experience with Metrolink and zero experience with S-Bahn. Can someone explain what makes Metrolink deficient and what services like S-Bahn do better? Are Metrolink's deficiencies the result of having to share track with freight?

timpdx
Feb 12, 2016, 5:59 AM
I have taken S-Bahn trains around Munich and Metrolink (plus the Sounder in Seattle-similar systyem) Also have taken commuter trains elsewhere in Europe and Asia (France, Belgium, UK, Malaysia, Tokyo area, Seoul).

Metrolink only runs 6 trains ALL DAY to Riverside, and only 4 to Ventura/Oxnard. As a tourist in Asia or Europe, I could take a commuter train in any of the above countries, at least on the hour, if not the half hour, including non-rush hours, to my destination. Those trains ran on dedicated track, maybe same right of way as freight, but dedicated track for the passenger train, so no stopping delays. Those trips also cost about half or 2/3s of Metrolink.

Go look at the Metrolink schedules online, if you don't work those hours then the system is useless to you. If you need to leave work early or go in late you are boned, same if you are part time. Hey, I am happy to have Metrolink and love riding the rails, but the schedules suck. Its just nowhere nearly as comprehensive as needed. And Munich, Tokyo and KL are rather multi-nodal cities, yet they make commuter rail work decently and people seem to use it.

ChargerCarl
Feb 12, 2016, 8:45 AM
Good post on metrolink: https://letsgola.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/rethinking-metrolink-part-1/

mbb
Feb 12, 2016, 4:12 PM
Metrolink only runs 6 trains ALL DAY to Riverside, and only 4 to Ventura/Oxnard. As a tourist in Asia or Europe, I could take a commuter train in any of the above countries, at least on the hour, if not the half hour, including non-rush hours, to my destination. Those trains ran on dedicated track, maybe same right of way as freight, but dedicated track for the passenger train, so no stopping delays. Those trips also cost about half or 2/3s of Metrolink.

Go look at the Metrolink schedules online, if you don't work those hours then the system is useless to you. If you need to leave work early or go in late you are boned, same if you are part time. Hey, I am happy to have Metrolink and love riding the rails, but the schedules suck. Its just nowhere nearly as comprehensive as needed. And Munich, Tokyo and KL are rather multi-nodal cities, yet they make commuter rail work decently and people seem to use it.

RER (Paris) and S-bahn (Germany) typically have headways of at most 15 minutes. Many RER lines in Paris run every 5 minutes or so (special case, I know). If you have 30 min headways, you can go to and from work every day, and not really miss a car if you get an emergency call that you need to go back home for something mid-day. 15 minute headways, and it's not the end of the world if you just show up to the station any time without knowing the schedule. 5 minute headways and it's not even worth bothering to look at a schedule.

I really think that Metro and Metrolink should work together on getting some kind of frequent service within LA county, possibly with Metro running their own trains. Metrolink as an organization is so boned with having to share track (though this varies from line to line) and having to agree on finances with all the participating counties, including ones that are notoriously poor on transit funding. This would be a win-win, as Metrolink would get additional service, possibly with some kind of track fees for accounting purposes (track maintenance costs), and Metro would get to expand its network and ridership without the massive capital costs of new construction.

ConstructDTLA
Feb 13, 2016, 12:41 AM
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1543/24618553369_b212b621e2_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DvswdH)Wilshire Boulevard (https://flic.kr/p/DvswdH) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1473/24986186205_29fe338a80_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/E4WJDT)3033 Wilshire (https://flic.kr/p/E4WJDT) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1662/24868153922_3a46be9398_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/DTvMLw)3033 Wilshire (https://flic.kr/p/DTvMLw) by Hunter (https://www.flickr.com/photos/hunterkerhart/), on Flickr

NYC2ATX
Feb 13, 2016, 7:28 PM
Hunter, every time I see your photos, I fall in love with Los Angeles all over again, and I've not yet even been there. :cheers:

NSMP
Feb 13, 2016, 9:47 PM
Hey all, I am going to be starting a blog on transit issues in LA called Red Line Reader. I won't be posting links on here much unless they are explicitly related to construction and/or planning issues, but I'll leave the link in my signature for anyone happens to be interested in my take on this stuff :cheers:. The first post is up now and relates to some new proposed north-south alignments for the Washington Blvd branch of the Gold Line Extension. Metro is set to receive the update in committee this week, and the release of the full technical study for the Eastside extension phase 2 is expected later this year.

https://redlinereader.wordpress.com/

Quixote
Feb 13, 2016, 10:45 PM
^ Bookmarked!

King Kill 'em
Feb 14, 2016, 2:28 AM
http://fakeisthenewreal.org/everylot/

pretty neat

blackcat23
Feb 15, 2016, 8:28 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/another-orange-line-tod-revealed

Five-story development to break ground next to Orange Line busway in mid-2016. 70 apartments and 1,750 square feet of ground-level retail space, designed by GMPA Architects.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/chandler.JPG?itok=DKRs7qAq

timpdx
Feb 15, 2016, 9:30 PM
Wilshire/Virgil from today:

http://i.imgur.com/XVhYP9Q.jpg

King Kill 'em
Feb 16, 2016, 1:42 AM
Plan from the 60s to make Santa Monica Boulevard a freeway and turn the Beverly Hills Triangle into a parking lot. Thank god it didn't happen.


https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1548/25029625636_3050ae9847_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/E8MnFA)IMG_4172 2 (https://flic.kr/p/E8MnFA) by Oscar Gake (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135818526@N06/), on Flickr

ConstructDTLA
Feb 16, 2016, 5:31 PM
Hunter, every time I see your photos, I fall in love with Los Angeles all over again, and I've not yet even been there. :cheers:

Thanks I appreciate it :cheers:

Come visit soon.

blackcat23
Feb 16, 2016, 8:30 PM
http://urbanize.la/post/new-hotel-makes-progress-vine

Near the intersection of Santa Monica and Vine: six stories, 112 hotel rooms and a small ground-level cafe.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/1_11.JPG?itok=cs0uj1iG

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20160207_092043.jpg?itok=bID9ZrPL

caligrad
Feb 16, 2016, 9:04 PM
^^^Glad to see that stretch of Santa Monica receiving some sort of action. I hate getting of the 101 and seeing it lined with industrial buildings, strip malls and some abandoned buildings.

Plan from the 60s to make Santa Monica Boulevard a freeway and turn the Beverly Hills Triangle into a parking lot. Thank god it didn't happen.

Makes you wonder what exactly were they thinking back then. I mean obviously there is no way to predict the future but I'm sure somebody with a shred of common sense knew adding freeways and millions fo cars would be a horrible idea for the long run, especially since they allowed the dismantling of all the mass transit we had .

I watched a youtube vid the other day about the LA freeways, it was a documentary about the construction of the freeways and was filmed during the construction. Its funny because the narrator even stated "The freeways we have completed are already chocked with traffic, we need the remaining freeways to finish construction". My first thought was.....wasn't that a sign that maybe building the freeways were a bad idea? haha.