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NativeOrange
Jan 6, 2017, 3:47 AM
What do you think the chances are of its passage? I doubt it has the support of most Angelinos, but will people bother to vote against it in a spring election?

The worry is that most who vote during spring elections will likely be the demographic that votes against it. Not enough young people vote during smaller elections. Another thing is the massive amount of "undecided" voters. That could go either way but Measure S supporters have been really pushing it. I've seen a few large billboards for "Yes on S", which worries me.

hughfb3
Jan 16, 2017, 9:36 PM
Lots of big news recently in Los Angeles. Just announced... The new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park; home of the Rams and "ehew" the Chargers, and the LA Coliseum will split the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Olympic Games.

ozone
Jan 17, 2017, 3:35 AM
The worry is that most who vote during spring elections will likely be the demographic that votes against it. Not enough young people vote during smaller elections. Another thing is the massive amount of "undecided" voters. That could go either way but Measure S supporters have been really pushing it. I've seen a few large billboards for "Yes on S", which worries me.

I wondering what LA forumers imagine could happen if Measure S passes? How will it affect future development and is there any way that it could actually be a good thing?

ChargerCarl
Jan 17, 2017, 3:37 AM
I wondering what LA forumers imagine could happen if Measure S passes? How will it affect future development and is there any way that it could actually be a good thing?

If it passes my only hope is things get so dire on the affordability front that it will prompt action from action from the state to undergo sweeping land use reform.

Illithid Dude
Jan 17, 2017, 4:34 AM
I wondering what LA forumers imagine could happen if Measure S passes? How will it affect future development and is there any way that it could actually be a good thing?

Measure S would only be positive in that it would finally cause the city to update the zoning and planning laws, formally allowing the type of development that previously needed a special exemption. Measure S is, after all, only a symptom of a larger problem that should have been addressed years ago.

bobbyv
Jan 17, 2017, 6:54 PM
Sickening story from the Los Angeles Business Journal, why more public scrutiny hasn't been given to AHF for it's misappropriation of funds baffles me.

http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2017/jan/13/palladium-project-antagonists-dominate-fundraising/

a very long weekend
Jan 17, 2017, 8:01 PM
it's rare that a measure is wholeheartedly bad, but measure S is undoubtedly that. LA is way underzoned and spot zoning is essential to just try to keep up.

if it passes, pretty much the only good thing to come out of it, like other forumers have said, is that it would push the state to tackle NIMBY-induced unaffordability with sweeping state measures. that would suck for us up here, because as pro-growth as i am, i want it concentrated in certain neighborhoods (leave the haight alone, grow the southern and western neighborhoods). but overall, if it's for the greater good, then so be it.

Quixote
Jan 20, 2017, 2:06 AM
It's official. The large park and ride lot adjacent to the Expo Line's Culver City Station will close on February 14, making way for the construction of the Ivy Station TOD. This project ranks near the top of my list of what I consider the most important, game-changing projects.

http://thesource.metro.net/2017/01/17/culver-city-station-parking-lot-to-close-for-construction-of-new-development/

King Kill 'em
Jan 20, 2017, 2:37 AM
It's official. The large park and ride lot adjacent to the Expo Line's Culver City Station will close on February 14, making way for the construction of the Ivy Station TOD. This project ranks near the top of my list of what I consider the most important, game-changing projects.

http://thesource.metro.net/2017/01/17/culver-city-station-parking-lot-to-close-for-construction-of-new-development/

It should've been bigger but its excellent design makes up for its size.

ChelseaFC
Jan 20, 2017, 7:07 AM
You wonder how long it will take before Howard Industries sells its building to some developer looking to do something similar to the Ivy. Thinking of the value of that land, it's hard to imagine they wouldn't be able to come out way ahead by selling to some developer and relocating their facility to a more industrial conducive area.

The anti-pedestrian car dealerships on Washington, however, seem far less likely to vacate their premises, given the lack of alternate sites elsewhere in Culver City.

King Kill 'em
Jan 20, 2017, 8:47 PM
You wonder how long it will take before Howard Industries sells its building to some developer looking to do something similar to the Ivy. Thinking of the value of that land, it's hard to imagine they wouldn't be able to come out way ahead by selling to some developer and relocating their facility to a more industrial conducive area.

The anti-pedestrian car dealerships on Washington, however, seem far less likely to vacate their premises, given the lack of alternate sites elsewhere in Culver City.

I realized recently there is one good thing about car dealerships being the last thing to go when redeveloping around a transit station. Their sites will be fully utilized. Take North Hollywood station area for example. Look at the buildings that were first built in the early 2000s when the station opened. 3 story residential. Way too small. When the Ford dealer north of the station finally decides to sell, hopefully we'll get a tower.

bobbyv
Jan 20, 2017, 8:53 PM
New renderings for century city towers:
https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/tGWBpYGGd92hBN-dL2xMh4-3Z7c=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7843059/DBOX_CENTURY_PLAZA_Overall_press.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/2017/1/20/14337876/century-plaza-hotel-condos-century-city

Illithid Dude
Jan 20, 2017, 10:38 PM
Looks incredible. This is shaping up to be my favorite upcoming project in Los Angeles. Love the respect towards the cities mid century architectural heritage.

SLO
Jan 21, 2017, 12:38 AM
Looks incredible. This is shaping up to be my favorite upcoming project in Los Angeles. Love the respect towards the cities mid century architectural heritage.

Totally agree, that was a great keep on their part. It'd be great if they could be a bit taller than the rest of the towers, but its an awesome address anyway.

CaliNative
Jan 21, 2017, 2:04 AM
Lots of big news recently in Los Angeles. Just announced... The new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park; home of the Rams and "ehew" the Chargers, and the LA Coliseum will split the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Olympic Games.

I think Paris will get 2024. 100th anniversery of 1924 Olympics in Paris, made famous in "Chariots of Fire". L.A. a good pick for '28 or '32.

CaliNative
Jan 21, 2017, 2:13 AM
it's rare that a measure is wholeheartedly bad, but measure S is undoubtedly that. LA is way underzoned and spot zoning is essential to just try to keep up.

if it passes, pretty much the only good thing to come out of it, like other forumers have said, is that it would push the state to tackle NIMBY-induced unaffordability with sweeping state measures. that would suck for us up here, because as pro-growth as i am, i want it concentrated in certain neighborhoods (leave the haight alone, grow the southern and western neighborhoods). but overall, if it's for the greater good, then so be it.

I'm against measure S, and I hope the construction unions & builders fund a "NO on S" campaign. The fallacy of "S" is that restricting building and new supply of housing will somehow keep housing affordable. They don't understand supply & demand. Or maybe they do...by restricting new housing supply, current homeowners & apt owners will reap higher house prices & rents because of scarcity. Totally selfish.

112597jorge
Jan 21, 2017, 2:56 AM
I'm against measure S, and I hope the construction unions & builders fund a "NO on S" campaign. The fallacy of "S" is that restricting building and new supply of housing will somehow keep housing affordable. They don't understand supply & demand. Or maybe they do...by restricting new housing supply, current homeowners & apt owners will reap higher house prices & rents because of scarcity. Totally selfish.
That's exactly what's going on. If I don't see any campaign for "NO ON S" is very tempted to take it upon myself and hand out flyers in neighborhoods of high turnout for the march elections.

Heartofthecity
Jan 21, 2017, 6:24 AM
New renderings for century city towers:
https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/tGWBpYGGd92hBN-dL2xMh4-3Z7c=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7843059/DBOX_CENTURY_PLAZA_Overall_press.jpg

http://la.curbed.com/2017/1/20/14337876/century-plaza-hotel-condos-century-city

Will these be the tallest buildings in Century City?

202_Cyclist
Jan 21, 2017, 1:02 PM
Those residential towers are going to have some incredible views.

Bwin517
Jan 21, 2017, 5:46 PM
I believe these towers will be the tallest in SoCal outside of DTLA

Eightball
Jan 21, 2017, 7:27 PM
L.A. office market has best quarter since the financial crisis as entertainment and tech firms keep expanding
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-office-fourth-quarter-20170117-story.html

RaymondChandlerLives
Jan 23, 2017, 5:18 AM
http://i375.photobucket.com/albums/oo196/holymountain78/20170122_111350_zpspqobncnw.jpg (http://s375.photobucket.com/user/holymountain78/media/20170122_111350_zpspqobncnw.jpg.html)


Snapped this one on the way out the gym. 3670 Wilshire Boulevard coming along.

CaliNative
Jan 23, 2017, 8:35 AM
Will these be the tallest buildings in Century City?

A bit taller than the twin triangular office towers across the street I believe. 600-620' would be my estimate. Twin office towers across the street are 571', 44 stories.

Are these towers safe from wicked NIMBY measure "S", if it passes? If a building is under construction, "S" can't stop it, right? What if a building is approved with financing, but construction hasn't started--can "S" stop it? Will "S" block zoning transfers to add height to a project? The Library (U.S. bank) tower was approved for added height by buying rights from the central library across the street. This height transfer payment partly funded the library rebuilding & upgrade. Will "S" allow this sort of creative height transfer from one parcel to another?

CaliNative
Jan 23, 2017, 8:53 AM
The big white wall that faces the Harbor Freeway on the west side looks like a good place for a giant mural or something more interesting. Maybe something with lights, that changes with the season? Is the building still leased by AT&T? Any plans to convert it for apartments or condos? This was the tallest building in L.A. for a couple of years, until the ARCO twins passed it in 1970/71.

CaliNative
Jan 23, 2017, 9:11 AM
Looks like an ideal building for loft type apartments/condos. Or perhaps decent homeless housing? Thousands could be housed. AmAp. is bankrupt and I guess will vacate the building.

BrandonJXN
Jan 23, 2017, 12:20 PM
Looks like an ideal building for loft type apartments/condos. Or perhaps decent homeless housing? Thousands could be housed. AmAp. is bankrupt and I guess will vacate the building.

The Row
http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/ladowntownnews.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/e7/4e7b8efa-e22e-11e5-ab05-939e2af0ecb0/56d9c6c248c49.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C700

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/3_8.jpg?itok=XGM1zj-2

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20151120-DSC06737.jpg?itok=dGNN3Feh

user2468
Jan 23, 2017, 5:17 PM
Some photos I took a few days ago around Hollywood, including some smaller developments.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/321/32389876896_386db2c977_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RmbzXo)1755 Argyle Avenue #1 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/RmbzXo) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/438/32308880501_ce30de191e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Re2sxP)1755 Argyle Avenue #2 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Re2sxP) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/667/32389875436_c0c00d5a73_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Rmbzwd)1755 Argyle Avenue #3 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Rmbzwd) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/767/32389874396_4340006192_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Rmbzdh)6200 Hollywood Boulevard (Eastown Phase 2) #1 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Rmbzdh) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/510/32308879251_e4dfc00433_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Re2sbg)6200 Hollywood Boulevard (Eastown Phase 2) #2 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Re2sbg) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/497/32429698265_33323cbd30_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RpGFsH)1558 Gordon Street - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/RpGFsH) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/379/32308877421_6659a69e72_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Re2rCH)Icon - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Re2rCH) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

Ironically, this development is on La Mirada Avenue. Where's the neighborhood association when you need it?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/761/32429696315_f8e84842c5_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RpGET6)5731 La Mirada Avenue #1 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/RpGET6) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/702/32308876071_2bf807279d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Re2rer)5731 La Mirada Avenue #2 - 1/19/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/Re2rer) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

StethJeff
Jan 24, 2017, 2:26 AM
Looks like an ideal building for loft type apartments/condos. Or perhaps decent homeless housing? Thousands could be housed. AmAp. is bankrupt and I guess will vacate the building.

More appropriate for the DTLA thread.

kolchak
Jan 24, 2017, 3:00 AM
Marriot Edition Hotel and Residences - Sunset Blvd. & Doheny - street level poured.

http://i64.tinypic.com/359i83b.jpg
http://i65.tinypic.com/20iv3vn.jpg

Illithid Dude
Feb 1, 2017, 1:46 AM
A personal favorite project of mine (though I am partial to Koreatown) heads towards approval next week.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/3545wilshire1.jpg?itok=NA99Rdbm

32 and 14 story towers. Koreatown is quickly turning out to be Los Angele's first true 24 hour urban neighborhood. I know there is no where else I'd rather be when I'm drunk and hungry at 4 in the morning.

ChargerCarl
Feb 1, 2017, 1:48 AM
A lot of parking but still good stuff.

Illithid Dude
Feb 1, 2017, 2:09 AM
I don't mind the parking because below the parking is all retail. This activates the street three dimensionally. Instead of just the main east / west streets becoming activated (Wilshire and 6th), a side street is now a commercial corridor as well. This is how actual urban neighborhoods are made, not just linear automobile-oriented shopping districts.

blackcat23
Feb 1, 2017, 2:21 AM
:D http://urbanize.la/post/renderings-unveiled-two-tower-3545-wilshire-development

A personal favorite project of mine (though I am partial to Koreatown) heads towards approval next week.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/3545wilshire1.jpg?itok=NA99Rdbm

32 and 14 story towers. Koreatown is quickly turning out to be Los Angele's first true 24 hour urban neighborhood. I know there is no where else I'd rather be when I'm drunk and hungry at 4 in the morning.

Steve8263
Feb 1, 2017, 3:05 PM
^^^
Jameson must have growing clout in city hall. Getting the planning commission to to ignore the almighty union demand to throw this project out over CEQA is a pretty big win these days. But they will still have to abide by the new requirements of JJJ I believe.

hughfb3
Feb 1, 2017, 4:13 PM
^^^
Jameson must have growing clout in city hall. Getting the planning commission to to ignore the almighty union demand to throw this project out over CEQA is a pretty big win these days. But they will still have to abide by the new requirements of JJJ I believe.

I just drove through K town this morning and saw just how much property Jamison owns. It was almost every other building on Wilshire. They have some serious assets

LosAngelesBeauty
Feb 1, 2017, 4:29 PM
http://brighamyen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/fig.jpg

Breaking: Nordstrom Rack Coming to Downtown LA’s FIGat7th!!

http://brighamyen.com/2017/02/01/breaking-nordstrom-rack-coming-downtown-las-figat7th/

bzcat
Feb 4, 2017, 1:56 AM
I walked by Century Plaza yesterday and looks like they are doing some heavy interior demolishing.

No signs of the twin tower activities yet.

Steve8263
Feb 9, 2017, 8:34 PM
These poor fools haven't given up on this project yet-

http://theplazaatsantamonica.com/


http://theplazaatsantamonica.com/images/gallery/photos/10-aerial.jpg


http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2017/February-2017/02_08_2017_Plaza_at_Santa_Monica_Project_Scaled_Back.html

Locals are going to continue to fight this, from that article-

Opponents are pushing for the 2.5-acre site to be used as a public park (instead).

The park should be “generous enough to allow children to toss balls and run and play without fear of obstacles and barriers,” said Tricia Crane in a letter sent to the council Monday on behalf of the Northeast Neighbors association.

ChargerCarl
Feb 9, 2017, 8:51 PM
Santa Monica already has a bunch of green space. Screw these NIMBYs.

bobbyv
Feb 10, 2017, 9:18 PM
Apparently LA Times is pro measure S:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-planning-commission-zoning-changes-20170210-story.html

112597jorge
Feb 11, 2017, 2:25 AM
Apparently LA Times is pro measure S:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-planning-commission-zoning-changes-20170210-story.html

Unbelievable...

Prahaboheme
Feb 11, 2017, 5:09 AM
Is this really going to pass?

Quixote
Feb 11, 2017, 6:27 AM
After quickly skimming the article, I don't get the sense at all that the Times is endorsing any side.

Wilcal
Feb 11, 2017, 3:45 PM
After quickly skimming the article, I don't get the sense at all that the Times is endorsing any side.

Well, after fully reading the article I didn't either.

colemonkee
Feb 11, 2017, 6:25 PM
On the contrary, they are endorsing the No on Measure S side...

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-measure-s-201702111-story.html

user2468
Feb 12, 2017, 9:47 PM
Quick update on two notable Hollywood projects.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2357/32864460805_b889292021_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S57Xdz)1755 Argyle Avenue - 2/11/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/S57Xdz) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2811/32021465084_056d05374d_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/QMCnXA)6200 Hollywood Boulevard (Eastown Phase 2) - 2/11/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/QMCnXA) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

mbb
Feb 13, 2017, 3:21 PM
On the contrary, they are endorsing the No on Measure S side...

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-measure-s-201702111-story.html

I think it's valid to point out weaknesses in the current system. Zoning should be such that projects that make sense are generally by right. The planning system in LA is much more complicated than need be, and it's legitimate to argue that some kind of low level corruption is enabled by that in which developers have to make political donations to get their projects built. Rick Caruso even admitted as much: http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/28/14101552/political-donations-rick-caruso

The approvals process adds expense to any development that gets built, prevents many developments from being proposed in the first place, and exposes developments to legal challenges. This is a core issue decreasing housing supply and driving up costs across the board in Southern California.

ChelseaFC
Feb 13, 2017, 4:37 PM
Happy Monday!

I am pleased to announce that the Hollywood/West Hollywood Development Map has been expanded to include all of Central LA, which now includes neighborhoods such as Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, Mid-City, Hancock Park, and Beverly Grove. Boundaries of the new and improved Central LA Development Map include Doheny to the west, the 10 freeway to the South, the Hollywood Hills to the north, and roughly MacArthur Park to the east.

As always, if any information needs correcting, (i.e. a missing project, an incorrect status, outdated renderings, etc.), please drop a PM. I can say there are a handful of projects whose details need updating, so any information would be appreciated.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CUSlQnxMm4Ang6A0plS4Au894Ek&usp=sharing

Happy clicking...


COYB

colemonkee
Feb 13, 2017, 5:17 PM
I couldn't agree with you more. I also believe that the current system is broken and much about it needs to be fixed, and many of the complaints of Measure S are valid (save for the traffic concerns). But Measure S is not the way to address them. Measure S is kind of like addressing a termite infestation in your house by burning down all the houses on your block.
I think it's valid to point out weaknesses in the current system. Zoning should be such that projects that make sense are generally by right. The planning system in LA is much more complicated than need be, and it's legitimate to argue that some kind of low level corruption is enabled by that in which developers have to make political donations to get their projects built. Rick Caruso even admitted as much: http://la.curbed.com/2016/12/28/14101552/political-donations-rick-caruso

The approvals process adds expense to any development that gets built, prevents many developments from being proposed in the first place, and exposes developments to legal challenges. This is a core issue decreasing housing supply and driving up costs across the board in Southern California.

ChargerCarl
Feb 13, 2017, 8:00 PM
That LA times article is such bullshit, lazy reporting. Developers pull their applications if they know it isn't going to pass, which is why the approval rate is so high. It's the same in other cities as well.

kpexpress
Feb 19, 2017, 7:59 PM
Does anyone have any polling data about how Measure S is looking right about now? Last I heard it's 50/50.

Wilcal
Feb 19, 2017, 10:45 PM
[QUOTE=user2468;7709845]Quick update on two notable Hollywood projects.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2357/32864460805_b889292021_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S57Xdz)1755 Argyle Avenue - 2/11/2017 (https://flic.kr/p/S57Xdz) by Juan Gomez (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142212842@N04/), on Flickr

I love this project if it does adhere to renderings. But, I have a question: how is this getting past the NIMBYS in the Hollywood Hills? Certainly this building will obstruct views for those living in the lower reaches of the hills. And, given its elevation and actual height (200 ft.?) it will appear to be as tall as the cluster of buildings at Sunset and Vine from various vantage points

bzcat
Feb 22, 2017, 1:48 AM
Does anyone have any polling data about how Measure S is looking right about now? Last I heard it's 50/50.

I will be shocked if the no side will get over 35%

We need to start mentally preparing for S to pass by an overwhelming margin. If you only hang out in forums like this, you get a very false sense of what the electorate is like for an off-year election.

The people who are likely to vote in this election probably all think S is a fantastic idea. :titanic:

LAsam
Feb 22, 2017, 7:40 PM
I will be shocked if the no side will get over 35%

We need to start mentally preparing for S to pass by an overwhelming margin. If you only hang out in forums like this, you get a very false sense of what the electorate is like for an off-year election.

The people who are likely to vote in this election probably all think S is a fantastic idea. :titanic:

There was a poll on the news last night. I believe "Yes" was 37% and "No" was 47%. I can't recall who the poll was conducted by though... so I guess take this with a grain of salt.

Easy
Feb 23, 2017, 3:47 AM
I will be shocked if the no side will get over 35%

We need to start mentally preparing for S to pass by an overwhelming margin. If you only hang out in forums like this, you get a very false sense of what the electorate is like for an off-year election.

The people who are likely to vote in this election probably all think S is a fantastic idea. :titanic:

I won't be shocked, but when I talk to "non-urbanists" they overwhelmingly think that S is a good idea. Most seem to get why it's bad when I explain it, but without really thinking most like it when they first hear it. Sad.

Illithid Dude
Feb 23, 2017, 6:08 AM
Unions turn out heavy for elections, and I imagine most construction unions and labor unions are heavily against Measure S. Moreover, most polls have it narrowly loosing. I think all the negative attention recently is starting to pay off. I'm cautiously optimistic.

Melo Blue
Feb 23, 2017, 10:14 PM
The Rams have posted a live webcam for their stadium construction.
http://www.therams.com/stadiumcam.html

Quixote
Feb 23, 2017, 11:21 PM
I'm legit scared about S, if only because its narrative is closely aligned with Brexit and Trump.

I share the same sentiments with Easy. I think the average person is of the following thought-process:

More development = more traffic = bad

Steve8263
Feb 24, 2017, 3:32 PM
I'm legit scared about S, if only because its narrative is closely aligned with Brexit and Trump.


Huh? If that were the case it wouldn't stand a chance here.

However I do agree with you that it has a good chance of passing. I drove up Laurel Canyon yesterday and it's littered with "Yes on S" signs.

It blows my mind how people regularly vote for higher taxes and more restrictive housing laws and then complain about how expensive and unaffordable it is to live here. It's insane but whatever, I'm already a homeowner and will benefit greatly when values skyrocket after this passes.

ChelseaFC
Feb 24, 2017, 6:07 PM
Anyone know if a hotel brand and opening date have been announced for the new Sunset La Cienega development?

Steve8263
Feb 24, 2017, 6:18 PM
Anyone know if a hotel brand and opening date have been announced for the new Sunset La Cienega development?

http://www.jameshotels.com/west-hollywood
Opening May 1st.

bobbyv
Feb 24, 2017, 8:16 PM
It's about time the LAtimes exposed this scumbag for misallocation of funds.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-aids-foundation-political-spending-20170221-story.html

ChelseaFC
Feb 24, 2017, 8:51 PM
Clippers owner talking to Stan Kroenke about building a new arena in Inglewood

http://www.latimes.com/sports/clippers/la-sp-clippers-ballmer-arena-20170224-story.html

Quixote
Feb 24, 2017, 9:25 PM
It's about time the LAtimes exposed this scumbag for misallocation of funds.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-aids-foundation-political-spending-20170221-story.html

Scumbag indeed. Let's hope karmic justice is served.

ozone
Feb 25, 2017, 7:48 PM
Scumbag indeed. Let's hope karmic justice is served.

It appears he is being petty and self-serving. Sadly, this seems to be the definition of "leadership" these days. Certainly he should be forced from his position ASAP. But let's keep this in perceptive here. He did not murder anyone in cold blood (as far as we know.) I hope the public opinion trend continues in favor of defeat.

LA21st
Feb 25, 2017, 11:12 PM
He's getting blasted on social media by Angelenos. Even if some agree with his views on development, his corruption is disgusting to many.
I still dont feel good about March 7, but I do like how this city is going after his sorry ass.

LA21st
Feb 25, 2017, 11:15 PM
It appears he is being petty and self-serving. Sadly, this seems to be the definition of "leadership" these days. Certainly he should be forced from his position ASAP. But let's keep this in perceptive here. He did not murder anyone in cold blood (as far as we know.) I hope the public opinion trend continues in favor of defeat.

Why wouldnt he be forced out? It's public that he's wasting donation funds on this stupid mission. Wouldnt this be horrible press for the organization?
I'd imagine most companies would can you quickly for this.

jgacis
Feb 26, 2017, 1:29 AM
Why wouldnt he be forced out? It's public that he's wasting donation funds on this stupid mission. Wouldnt this be horrible press for the organization?
I'd imagine most companies would can you quickly for this.

"Legal experts say there is no clear rule about what is “substantial,” though past cases have given attorneys some guidance. “If you start to engage more than 5% of your resources toward lobbying, it’s probably time to consider whether you’re violating the test,” said Gene Takagi, managing attorney of the NEO Law Group in San Francisco."

"In federal tax filings, the foundation reported that it spent more than $253 million during 2015, dwarfing the nearly $7 million — less than 3% of the reported total spending — it said it spent to influence legislation that year."


Seems like Mr. Weinstein knows the thresholds and playing dirty here...

LA21st
Feb 26, 2017, 1:34 AM
The lobbying has nothing to do with his foundation though.
There has to be some loop hole.

jgacis
Feb 26, 2017, 7:30 AM
The lobbying has nothing to do with his foundation though.
There has to be some loop hole.

What may or may not be lobbied is not strictly stipulated by law. And read what I posted. That IS the loop hole...

cargocultpants
Feb 27, 2017, 4:35 PM
A minor quibble, but many of the buildings listed on the front page list more floors / stories than are actually planned.

Waldorf Astoria - should be 12, not 17 - http://news.waldorfastoria.com/index.cfm/property/detail/8150

Edition West Hollywood - 13, not 18 - http://la.curbed.com/2014/10/8/10037990/whoa-ian-schrager-designing-lush-sunset-strip-marriott-hotel

333 La Cienega, 16, not 17 - https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/01/24/council-approves-carusos-333-la-cienega-project/

Quixote
Feb 28, 2017, 4:12 AM
The Midfield Satellite Concourse quietly broke ground today, the first phase of which will have a total of 12 gates; the second phase would add an additional 7 gates.

Although an improvement from Bradley West, it's still an architectural yawner and yet another missed opportunity as far as I'm concerned. Sigh.

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/b3efmgdKHW1zJkteHgF65icttGI=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8057693/6_MSC_Escalators_to_Tunnel.jpg

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/SttGecLzrcm4-pZ-ENCU6rdHxLM=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8057795/7_MSC_Central_Hall.jpg

https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/28Z0JJu8nNcelQb_BcTUd7x3w6Q=/1000x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8057857/S040_sh1600_LAX_MSC_North_Base_JPG_Full_t01_v13.0000.jpg

L-YenoF-RD8

LDVArch
Feb 28, 2017, 8:31 PM
The Midfield Satellite Concourse quietly broke ground today, the first phase of which will have a total of 12 gates; the second phase would add an additional 7 gates.

Although an improvement from Bradley West, it's still an architectural yawner and yet another missed opportunity as far as I'm concerned. Sigh.

I like parts of Bradley West. It has enough good parts to be a successful design.

I do not like any part of the new MSC. It is a testament to how provincial the BOAC is when it comes to planning and design.

Wavy roofs are cliche, especially when they are not engineered to be freestanding. Take the roof off and you have a banal assemblage of boxes.

The interior is equally generic. The curved, tessellated pattern on the ceiling was first used in Foster's Hong Kong terminal and there the wavy roof is freestanding. That suggests to me that the architects (Gensler) knew what they were copying, but no one on the BOAC did.

cargocultpants
Mar 1, 2017, 4:17 PM
I'm not sure "provincial" is the right word, but certainly generic. Every new high end airport building seems to have some sort of curvy, undulating roof. Of course the architectural marketing will make up a different story depending on local context, it can somehow represent water, the sky, mountains, or whatever they think the client wants to hear!

As for this, I would say the new building is meant to mimic the designs of the rest of the recent expansion, which has been driven by Fentress Architects, who basically specialize in airports (their most acclaimed being Denver DIA.)

I like parts of Bradley West. It has enough good parts to be a successful design.

I do not like any part of the new MSC. It is a testament to how provincial the BOAC is when it comes to planning and design.

Wavy roofs are cliche, especially when they are not engineered to be freestanding. Take the roof off and you have a banal assemblage of boxes.

The interior is equally generic. The curved, tessellated pattern on the ceiling was first used in Foster's Hong Kong terminal and there the wavy roof is freestanding. That suggests to me that the architects (Gensler) knew what they were copying, but no one on the BOAC did.

LDVArch
Mar 1, 2017, 10:49 PM
I'm not sure "provincial" is the right word, but certainly generic. Every new high end airport building seems to have some sort of curvy, undulating roof. Of course the architectural marketing will make up a different story depending on local context, it can somehow represent water, the sky, mountains, or whatever they think the client wants to hear!

As for this, I would say the new building is meant to mimic the designs of the rest of the recent expansion, which has been driven by Fentress Architects, who basically specialize in airports (their most acclaimed being Denver DIA.)

Let's not "level" every wavy roof. It's not marketing in all cases. When like Foster you make the success of the design contingent on your wavy roof floating free of the glass walls, it is not marketing. That's engineering as art.

As to Fentress, it also was more than marketing. We would have seen that again in his design for the MSC. But LAWA wanted a different method of delivery and compromised design for efficiency. Gensler's design looks nothing like the Fentress concept for the MSC.

Angeleno
Mar 7, 2017, 3:54 AM
Tomorrow's ballot will greatly affect if Los Angeles rises or falls. Please vote!

ChelseaFC
Mar 7, 2017, 10:13 PM
Paseo Colorado gets a new name, will add two restaurants, hotel (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20170306/paseo-colorado-gets-a-new-name-will-add-two-restaurants-hotel)

http://image.pasadenastarnews.com/storyimage/LD/20170306/NEWS/170309643/AR/0/AR-170309643.jpg

sopas ej
Mar 9, 2017, 8:53 PM
Speaking of Pasadena...

Being that I'm a regular at Vroman's and El Portal, I've been steadily watching this being built, and am glad it's completed.

From Urbanize LA:

New Apartments Debut in the Pasadena Playhouse District

The Andalucia features 118 residential units above ground-floor retail space.

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/950w/public/field/image/2948-5.jpg?itok=-zlNbmZM

Link: http://urbanize.la/post/new-apartments-debut-pasadena-playhouse-district

LA21st
Mar 11, 2017, 10:59 PM
There seemed to be 6-10 construction sites/tear downs on Olympic between Western and Union or so. I know some of these are mix users but does anyone know what these other are?

colemonkee
Mar 11, 2017, 11:40 PM
I honestly don't mind the Spanish revival architecture of those Pasadena apartments.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Mar 12, 2017, 2:34 AM
I honestly don't mind the Spanish revival architecture of those Pasadena apartments.

Don't mind at all.. It looks fantastic

112597jorge
Mar 12, 2017, 4:32 AM
21 story building proposed in Long Beach I didn't know about. 635 pine avenue

http://ktgy.com/635-pine-ave-major-commercial-residential-and-mixed-use-development-projects-taking-shape-in-long-beach/

RST500
Mar 12, 2017, 7:37 PM
Paseo Colorado gets a new name, will add two restaurants, hotel (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20170306/paseo-colorado-gets-a-new-name-will-add-two-restaurants-hotel)

http://image.pasadenastarnews.com/storyimage/LD/20170306/NEWS/170309643/AR/0/AR-170309643.jpg



"Ensemble has been involved in the development of several hotels in Southern California including the Holiday Inn Bayview Plaza in Santa Monica and the Hilton Hotel in Long Beach."

This is one of the f-ed up stories in architectural news and on one is even talking about!

https://ensemble.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Holiday-Inn-2.jpg
https://ensemble.net/location/holiday-inn-bayview-plaza/#frommap


This is one of new Coolist things I've seen. 80s Retro aesthetic and there's no outrage what's so ever to it's destruction. There is no serious historic preservation, just excuses by NIMBYs to block development. There are very few places like that left. When the 80s mall interior s have been destroyed.

blackcat23
Mar 13, 2017, 5:51 AM
"Some of these buildings are over 20 years old!"

blackcat23
Mar 14, 2017, 4:22 PM
2900 Wilshire

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/2900wilshire1.jpg?itok=ruUinE2g (http://urbanize.la/post/first-look-2900-wilshire-tower)

King Kill 'em
Mar 14, 2017, 8:55 PM
Aside from excessive parking, this Hoover/Wilshire project is nearly perfect.

blackcat23
Mar 15, 2017, 3:58 PM
735 apartments + 90,000 sf retail at Sunset/Western

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140w/public/field/image/5420sunset1.JPG?itok=MsHBZhKi (http://urbanize.la/post/stalled-hollywood-target-getting-another-mixed-use-neighbor)

bzcat
Mar 17, 2017, 11:36 PM
"Some of these buildings are over 20 years old!"

LOL :haha:

Melo Blue
Mar 19, 2017, 11:31 PM
It looks like they have finished most of the major excavation work at the Rams' stadium, and I gotta say - that hole is HUGE!
http://www.therams.com/stadiumcam.html

bzcat
Mar 21, 2017, 7:18 PM
The Brickyard at Playa Vista looks completed... I wonder when tenants will be moving in?

bobbyv
Mar 22, 2017, 3:56 PM
http://www.trbimg.com/img-58d1cbf2/turbine/la-fi-queen-mary-island-pictures-002/400/400x225

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-queen-mary-island-20170322-story.html

Steve8263
Mar 22, 2017, 4:23 PM
Another "radical overhaul" for the new Zumthor building at LACMA?

http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/12439-zumthor-at-lacma-throwing-a-curve-ball

Zumthor also mentioned (twice) “one big tower going to the sky” — which would be a major new element (though hard to reconcile with his single-level idea).

So, did he, as one stunned audience member put it, “drop a bombshell”? Has the design changed significantly yet again — or was Zumthor merely bringing Goldberger up to date on the August scheme? The museum is denying any grand transformation, but it has also scheduled Zumthor to discuss his plans publicly on April 5, as part of the ongoing “Director’s Series,” hosted by Michael Govan, head of LACMA. So, stay tuned.

JerellO
Mar 24, 2017, 10:04 AM
Possible red line subway extension down Vermont avenue instead of a stupid rapid bus line that would most likely be converted to rail anyways after a few decades. Makes more sense since that corridor is the second most traveled after Wiltshire boulevard.

http://la.curbed.com/2017/3/23/15041628/red-line-subway-vermont-metro-los-angeles

colemonkee
Mar 24, 2017, 4:24 PM
Oh man, a Vermont subway line would be absolutely transformational. In a good way.

slock
Mar 25, 2017, 7:10 PM
I was in the area this morning and it looks like Sunset and Bronson is starting.

http://urbanize.la/post/proposed-hollywood-office-tower-gets-name

LA21st
Mar 25, 2017, 8:56 PM
Cool.

hughfb3
Mar 26, 2017, 2:16 AM
I was in the area this morning and it looks like Sunset and Bronson is starting.

http://urbanize.la/post/proposed-hollywood-office-tower-gets-name

Awesome. Can't wait to drive by there. Another great project bringing great jobs back to Hollywood

black_crow
Mar 27, 2017, 1:01 AM
Took those ones today.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3943/33541624441_fd76d72a47_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/T6XAnF)Century City - L.A. (from Baldwin Hills) (https://flic.kr/p/T6XAnF) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

Expo Line between Santa Monica and Downtown.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2943/32827282244_faf75b2504_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/S1QpjU)Expo Line & Canals (https://flic.kr/p/S1QpjU) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3854/33286816450_a3b50ea870_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SHrCQs)Century City - L.A. (https://flic.kr/p/SHrCQs) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3855/33630296526_dbbe272d8c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/TeN4uJ)Hollywood Sign (https://flic.kr/p/TeN4uJ) by Sylvio Pinnow (https://www.flickr.com/photos/142214300@N05/), on Flickr

blackcat23
Mar 27, 2017, 4:14 PM
I was in the area this morning and it looks like Sunset and Bronson is starting.

http://urbanize.la/post/proposed-hollywood-office-tower-gets-name

Activity at 15-story Sunset/Bronson tower site

http://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/1140wb/public/field/image/20170326_113834%280%29.jpg?itok=cwubp5Rn (http://urbanize.la/post/signs-work-new-hollywood-office-tower)

Illithid Dude
Mar 27, 2017, 7:59 PM
Love how quickly this part of Sunset is becoming a high rise corridor. Can't wait for the Palladium Towers.

also screw u weinstein