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Illithid Dude
May 29, 2019, 7:24 PM
Speaking of looking pretty good...

https://www.latimes.com/resizer/CEC7zgfByQvDqtGa9D3-bDmXQgE=/800x0/www.trbimg.com/img-5ce74881/turbine/la-1558661246-q8citmxk0b-snap-image

https://www.latimes.com/resizer/VVcbEafurjkzJhTIcqqrj8LDfhU=/800x0/www.trbimg.com/img-5ce7493b/turbine/la-1558661430-z93d7xf2vn-snap-image

42 story luxury residential tower set for 5411 Wilshire Blvd. Designed by Richard Keating.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-miracle-mile-luxury-residential-skyscraper-20190529-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0UNlpq4ZLrCcGYSYv5-zz87DBYog71iNFzJxbxnK_q40G7JO7ChmvOkx0

LAsam
May 29, 2019, 8:19 PM
Las Palmas, sorry

Got it, thanks. Looked it up on GoogleMaps... that is a huge project!

LAsam
May 29, 2019, 8:22 PM
^^ Regarding 5411, I looked it up on Streetview and I was going to say there's no chance in hell they will be allowed to tear down that old art deco building there. Then I noticed that it looks like the existing building is incorporated into the podium of the new tower... so maybe it can pass. Just feels like Spaghetti Factory all over again...

EDIT: Just saw the Urbanize article which says they want to tear down part of the existing 1930's era building... good luck with that.

kolchak
May 29, 2019, 10:21 PM
Got it, thanks. Looked it up on GoogleMaps... that is a huge project!

Almost 700 apartments!

Illithid Dude
May 29, 2019, 10:34 PM
^^ Regarding 5411, I looked it up on Streetview and I was going to say there's no chance in hell they will be allowed to tear down that old art deco building there. Then I noticed that it looks like the existing building is incorporated into the podium of the new tower... so maybe it can pass. Just feels like Spaghetti Factory all over again...

EDIT: Just saw the Urbanize article which says they want to tear down part of the existing 1930's era building... good luck with that.

The portion of the building they want to tear down is an annex built in the early 90s. The original elements from the 30s will remain.

LAsam
May 29, 2019, 11:25 PM
The portion of the building they want to tear down is an annex built in the early 90s. The original elements from the 30s will remain.

Got it, thanks for clarifying. That should help the developer a bit.

CaliNative
May 30, 2019, 10:04 AM
Speaking of looking pretty good...

https://www.latimes.com/resizer/CEC7zgfByQvDqtGa9D3-bDmXQgE=/800x0/www.trbimg.com/img-5ce74881/turbine/la-1558661246-q8citmxk0b-snap-image

https://www.latimes.com/resizer/VVcbEafurjkzJhTIcqqrj8LDfhU=/800x0/www.trbimg.com/img-5ce7493b/turbine/la-1558661430-z93d7xf2vn-snap-image

42 story luxury residential tower set for 5411 Wilshire Blvd. Designed by Richard Keating.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-miracle-mile-luxury-residential-skyscraper-20190529-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0UNlpq4ZLrCcGYSYv5-zz87DBYog71iNFzJxbxnK_q40G7JO7ChmvOkx0

Looks to be about 500-550' tall, give or take. Maybe the tallest on Wilshire outside of DTLA. Nice design, incorporating the art deco base with street level retail. Tarzan like.

CaliNative
May 30, 2019, 10:18 AM
What’s up with that community development called Centennial @ Tejon Ranch?? I thought California learned and was down with the spread of suburban sprawl?? Do people really support that? I honestly think that land should be preserved.. so it’s beautiful the way it looks... and besides we dont need any more sprawl. I understand we need housing, but suburbs isn’t the answer imo.

I hope they don't build it either. Much closer to Bakersfield than L.A. and the area should be left natural. But Tejon Ranch Co. has all this land and they want to build on it. I think demand in such a remote location could stymie the project if the state or economy doesn't. Would be a great state park or nature reserve.

colemonkee
May 30, 2019, 2:49 PM
Loving 5411 Wilshire and hope it's built exactly as proposed. Though I'd argue the design has far more in common with streamline moderne style than art deco, with the exception of the verticality. Still, both streamline moderne and art deco are from the same era, and pretty common along that stretch of Wilshire, so it fits like a glove. Here's hoping this is the first of many towers of this quality along this stretch. Now, if we could only get SHoP or Cetra-Ruddy to design towers for the two lots at the corner of Wilshire and La Brea...

ocman
May 31, 2019, 11:11 AM
Exposition Park plans a makeover that would make Seurat smile (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-exposition-park-redesign-lucas-museum-20190530-story.html)

If you live in Los Angeles, perhaps you’ve been to Exposition Park — maybe to catch a Trojans game at the Coliseum, or to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center, or to let the kids run around the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.
But odds are you didn’t actually come to Expo Park for the park. You drove in to one of its behemoth parking lots. And then you drove out.

It’s sort of chaos right now,” said Billie Greer, chair of the Master Plan Committee for the board of directors of Exposition Park. “We have to remember that people should be able to come to the park, not just to go to a museum or a stadium. But to exercise. To walk. To sit. To dream a little bit and enjoy the outside. We need some quiet places and some beautiful places.”


At long last, that change may finally be coming.
Officials have commissioned a new master plan timed with the most significant park additions in decades: MAD Architects’ Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is under construction and will float above the west edge of the park; Frederick Fisher and Partners’ new wing for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, which will serve as a new entrance facing the Lucas Museum; and ZGF’s Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a permanent home for the (soon-to-be upright) Space Shuttle. Also of note: USC’s ongoing $270-million renovation of the Coliseum.

Sparked by these changes and the 2028 Games, the state-funded Office of Exposition Park Management — with contributions from the park’s member institutions — last year hired Washington, D.C.-based master planning specialists Torti Gallas + Partners and a large team of consultants to propose ways for the park to function more like a park.

colemonkee
Jun 4, 2019, 2:45 PM
Crazy to think it, but it's been two years since I posted my last update on the Century Plaza towers, which at the time (April 2017) were pretty far along into the shoring and excavation phase. This one is from Sunday, and we're finally at the standard residential floorplate on both towers, so they should start rising a bit quicker now.

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img921/9007/BTvguV.jpg
Image Source: Me and my iPhone

LAsam
Jun 4, 2019, 3:42 PM
^ It feels like the towers have been at that level for quite some time now. The site has a ton of activity, though, so they must be making progress. The combined podium for the two towers makes for a massive construction site.

Steve8263
Jun 4, 2019, 4:01 PM
Exposition Park plans a makeover that would make Seurat smile (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-exposition-park-redesign-lucas-museum-20190530-story.html)

I (and presumably many others) regularly take the Expo line to events at the new soccer stadium and coliseum. Hopefully they include extensive sidewalk and walking path changes to improve circulation cuz right now the routing from north to south is ridiculous.

Quixote
Jun 8, 2019, 11:42 PM
Exposition Park plans a makeover that would make Seurat smile (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-exposition-park-redesign-lucas-museum-20190530-story.html)

This is long overdue. I've always felt that Exposition Park, like all things related to the public realm in Los Angeles, was very dowdy looking--even more so now considering I just got back from a 2-week trip to Europe. It should look like Chicago's Millennium Park or Museum Campus.

Like the article mentions, there's too many ugly fences, poor landscape design, inconsistent lighting, power lines, etc. The new design should reflect the fact that it's a pre-war campus. That means we should replace all concrete with stone pavers, have balustrades or tasteful wrought iron fencing, shady trees and lush landscaping, etc. And I know the Coliseum is undergoing renovation, but are they going to do something about the exterior? How about giving it a scrub or even painting it before 2028?

LA really needs to look more polished, and Exposition Park is a great place to start.

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 9, 2019, 3:53 AM
This is long overdue. I've always felt that Exposition Park, like all things related to the public realm in Los Angeles, was very dowdy looking--even more so now considering I just got back from a 2-week trip to Europe. It should look like Chicago's Millennium Park or Museum Campus.

Like the article mentions, there's too many ugly fences, poor landscape design, inconsistent lighting, power lines, etc. The new design should reflect the fact that it's a pre-war campus. That means we should replace all concrete with stone pavers, have balustrades or tasteful wrought iron fencing, shady trees and lush landscaping, etc. And I know the Coliseum is undergoing renovation, but are they going to do something about the exterior? How about giving it a scrub or even painting it before 2028?

LA really needs to look more polished, and Exposition Park is a great place to start.

If the city of Los Angeles actually cares about the public realm, this would be the greatest city. It's infuriating to me that we can't even have the most basic and simple city services and maintenance. Imagine if all of LA was taken care of like Pasadena or Manhattan Beach... It would be remarkable

For instance, You would think there would be some sort of plan to underground overhead wires and combine it with replacing the aging water pipes, while at the same time wiring the city for the future and then repaving those same streets. Afterwards, replace the telephone poles with trees. Seems basic enough and would be a great, tangible improvement, even at 10 miles per year... Nope.. We can't even have trash cans at every bus stop

Haitian
Jun 9, 2019, 6:30 AM
Speaking of looking pretty good...

42 story luxury residential tower set for 5411 Wilshire Blvd. Designed by Richard Keating.

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-miracle-mile-luxury-residential-skyscraper-20190529-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0UNlpq4ZLrCcGYSYv5-zz87DBYog71iNFzJxbxnK_q40G7JO7ChmvOkx0

Now that's a beautiful building. I spent some great years living in that neighborhood and I've always dreamed of it lined with high rises, like in Westwood. Crazy how much that area has changed. I still remember when Radio Shack was there...

citywatch
Jun 9, 2019, 4:32 PM
For instance, You would think there would be some sort of plan to underground overhead wires


https://i.ibb.co/PF1HDJZ/coliseum.png


^ Forget about the Olympics decades ago. This still hasn't been dealt with even after the LAFC's new stadium replaced the former sports arena.

what do things like that say about the type of ppl managing LA?


https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-d2f6536b0db70a2e95bc81d12c982dce.webp


Utility poles and crisscrossing overhead power lines (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2016/11/06/editorials/burying-overhead-power-lines/#.XP06ev57nm8) are a common feature of the landscape in most parts of Japan. These eyesores are not worthy of an advanced economy and are also disappointing tourists from abroad.

Now the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are providing an impetus to efforts to remove utility poles in the capital and bury power cables underground.

The metropolitan government adopted a plan in 2014 to bury power lines in central Tokyo areas where venues for the Olympics will be concentrated. In a recent policy speech, Gov. Yuriko Koike expressed her resolve to push efforts to move the capital’s power grid underground. The efforts in Tokyo, if they bear fruit, should help promote similar moves in other parts of the country.

Comparisons with other countries show just how far Japan lags behind in the introduction of subterranean power distribution systems. In London and Paris, all power lines were installed underground even from before World War II. Among Asian cities, Hong Kong has all its power lines underground, while Seoul has buried 46 percent of its electricity cables.




http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45203000/jpg/_45203437_-17.jpg

Work has begun to remove the first of 52 pylons (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7726186.stm) that dominate the Olympic Park, in time for the 2012 games.

The electricity pylons will be replaced by two four-mile long tunnels, which will carry the power lines underground at the site in Stratford, east London. Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman David Higgins said the removal symbolised the "huge change" the games would bring to east London.

All 52 pylons are due to be removed by the end of the year.


^ pylons, not just poles. that type of activity makes LA come off like kindergartners.

Quixote
Jun 9, 2019, 6:29 PM
https://i.ibb.co/PF1HDJZ/coliseum.png

This about sums it up. Why is everything in LA so shabby looking? And the stuff that isn't too flashy/loud?

citywatch
Jun 9, 2019, 9:29 PM
Why is everything in LA so shabby looking?

among other reasons....


https://s28.postimg.cc/sg5sc34n1/beforeafter1_(1).jpg

http://stevefaessel.com/wp-content/uploads/1-before-1-1280x960_c.jpg
stevefaessel.com

http://stevefaessel.com/wp-content/uploads/2-After-1-1280x960_c.jpg
stevefaessel.com

https://www.toaks.org/Home/ShowPublishedImage/9589/636325237745870000
Thousand Oaks


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Tokyo apparently is fairly bad too....

https://www7.tepco.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/hd05-07-07-000-img06.jpg
tepco.co.jp



oh no, that's their vision?


https://i.ibb.co/g611QKs/olympics.png

Quixote
Jun 10, 2019, 3:46 PM
^ Is the first picture real or an imagined "what could be" rendering?

citywatch
Jun 10, 2019, 5:12 PM
^ Is the first picture real or an imagined "what could be" rendering?

I'm not really sure. It came up in a google search & links to another site that looks like a clone of ssp.com. the page also shows work in what appears to be some city in asia...india. Even not wealthy countries are getting into the act?

However, the photo I posted does appear to be a street somewhere in southern calif....possibly the san diego, la jolla area. that city has been doing a large amt of undergrounding over the past 10 yrs.

hint, hint, ppl in charge of LA.

Would be nice if locals managing LA took a page from other cities. Forget Paris, London or hong kong...how about cities even in India?


https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=141720460&postcount=5134



thought I should add this since I still recall this tragedy....the reporter survived but she lost her hands.....getting rid of overhead isn't merely a matter of making things look better. Overhead power lines have also caused major brush fires in LA over the past decades.

A veteran television news reporter (https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-may-23-me-33034-story.html) assigned to cover a news conference in Hollywood was seriously burned Monday when the microwave transmitter extending from a KABC van came too close to a 34,500-volt power line and caused an explosion. The reporter, Adrienne Alpert, 48, was airlifted to Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where doctors performed emergency surgery to restore blood flow to burn areas over 25% of her body.

The accident occurred about 9:45 a.m. as Alpert and MacKenzie were setting up for a live broadcast from the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Gordon Street, near the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. According to witnesses, Alpert was inside the van as the transmitter was being raised several feet. MacKenzie was helping position the transmitter when it touched or came near a high-voltage wire. That created a power arc that triggered an explosion, authorities said.

MacKenzie, the van's driver and a 20-year veteran at KABC, was in tears and asked him to help Alpert, whose hands and feet were severely burned.

"I started crying when I saw [Alpert], because I couldn't do anything" said Petrosyan, who was uncertain if he should touch her.

Petrosyan said Alpert moaned, "I can't breathe. . . . I don't want to die."

Quixote
Jun 10, 2019, 6:56 PM
Power lines are just one part of the issue. How about the cheap/dated architecture, streets/sidewalks in disrepair, litter everywhere, etc. Smaller, less "glamorous" cities in middle America aren't afflicted with these issues to nearly the same degree.

And the shabbiness mostly applies to the city of LA. Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and even Long Beach look more put-together.

I attribute the problem to two things:

1) LA was poorly designed/built from the start, never having the grandeur of cities like St. Louis or Cincinnati, let alone New York or Chicago.

2) The city of LA is simply poor. We have roughly 45% of the population of NYC, yet 1/8th its fiscal budget (although NYC imposes a personal income tax, while LA doesn't).

Quixote
Jun 10, 2019, 7:03 PM
And since we're complaining about design, I really can't stand how sidewalk trees are left with dirt patches (if they're not paved over with concrete, which is worse) instead of tree grates:

http://treegrate.com/images/slideshow/tree-grates/MG_2814.jpg
treegrate.com

citywatch
Jun 10, 2019, 7:39 PM
And the shabbiness mostly applies to the city of LA. Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and even Long Beach look more put-together.



Interesting timing. This just came out today about the main city north of dtla:

The Pasadena City Council Monday (http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/city-council-to-take-up-proposed-three-year-halt-to-underground-utility-surtax/#.XP63Sf57nm8) will consider the Department of Water and Power’s request to temporarily suspend collection of the underground utility surtax that bankrolls the City’s long-term undergrounding project, as a way of offsetting the rates increases it has proposed.

The Department is under pressure to raise rates and has requested that collection of the undergrounding surtax be suspended for a while, as a way of reducing the burden on the City’s ratepayers.

The surtax costs each Pasadenan $44 a year on average and the fund into which it is submitted posts a robust $50 million positive balance which, under the proposal, would continue to finance undergrounding projects.

The surtax was passed in 1966 to fund the undergrounding of utility lines so as to beautify Pasadena.

The overall project has an estimated $2 billion price tag; approximately $10 million per mile. Presently, some 200 miles of power lines still need to be buried.

The drawdown on the fund over the years has been glacial. In fact, without the suspension of surtax collection, staff said it would take 10 years to exhaust.

Some years ago the fund’s consistently healthy balance sheet caught the eye of city employee Danny Wooten, and his accomplice Tyrone Collins, and was looted by the duo of $6 million before anybody noticed.



^ That runs counter to ppl who say doing such work is too costly, will cause a city to struggle to fund it, so it isn't feasible. Or that ratepayers will go broke per yr trying to cover it.

Pasadena has had so much money for undergrounding, they not only haven't had UG projs hurting from a lack of enough $$, they've had so much pooled money, it ended up embezzled.


Unless they pay attention to the fine print on their utility bills (https://www.sgvtribune.com/2016/11/03/undergrounding-pasadena-utilities-would-clear-the-air/), where one line item for decades has been an undergrounding fund to the tune of about $11 a month per household, many Pasadenans had not been aware of the effort to bring power lines down from their unsightly poles until the embezzlement scandal hit.

Now, a past middle manager in the Department of Water and Power is in jail awaiting trial on charges of stealing over $6 million from the fund by writing phony checks on its huge balance.

That balance got into the tens of millions because in fact little work has been done for more than 20 years on the plan, currently under review, to put almost all of the city’s power lines underground. Some tony residential neighborhoods got the work done by the 1980s, so that their views of the mountains and the city have long been unmarred by strings of wiring.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently told the editorial board that in his city it was costing millions of dollars a block to do the work in commercial districts. But critics say the L.A. scheme was really blocked by the DWP union, whose members had less work to do after windstorms with wires safely underground.

After all these years of citizens paying in, we still think that the city ought to invest that money in clearing the air of wires in every neighborhood possible.

Spend those millions before some embezzler strikes again.

kolchak
Jun 19, 2019, 5:28 AM
Tonight: Academy Square - high rise portion from Cahuenga
http://i64.tinypic.com/16gd2ti.jpg

kolchak
Jun 19, 2019, 5:37 AM
also tonight: Rise Cahuenga & Fountain
http://i68.tinypic.com/14axxtw.jpg

kolchak
Jun 23, 2019, 1:55 AM
Today: The Godfrey

http://i68.tinypic.com/10x7dhw.jpg

LosAngelesSportsFan
Jun 23, 2019, 6:43 PM
That's such a crisp picture that I almost can't tell if it's a rendering or a real photo

kolchak
Jun 27, 2019, 11:11 PM
Tuesday: Netflix Square on Vine...

http://i63.tinypic.com/21bm24y.jpg

colemonkee
Jun 27, 2019, 11:50 PM
Great updates, kolchak!

kolchak
Jun 28, 2019, 10:26 PM
Thanks! One more - Edition West Hollywood Wednesday-

http://i66.tinypic.com/291etd0.jpg

colemonkee
Jun 29, 2019, 12:09 AM
^ Anthony Anderson is not impressed.

Illithid Dude
Jun 30, 2019, 3:15 AM
i actually really like the edition hotel, though that is an underwhelming angle

Steve8263
Jul 1, 2019, 1:39 AM
I agree, it turned out very nice and the landscaping in front is impressive. Those 2 small white buildings must be what Anthony Anderson is looking at in disdain as they are quite shabby in comparison.

colemonkee
Jul 1, 2019, 1:46 PM
^ My comment was purely in jest. I like the building too. I also like the 3-story white building to the left (with the parking sign on it). It's an example of Beaux Arts-era (20's, 30's) LA commercial buildings outside of the Historic Core (there's another great example on Wilshire just west of Fairfax. I'd like to keep that one, but the one between the Edition and it (on the right) is free to go in my opinion. Along with that parking lot.

Illithid Dude
Jul 1, 2019, 5:08 PM
not to be pedantic but i'm pretty sure that's hollywood regency

colemonkee
Jul 2, 2019, 4:09 AM
^ My "beaux arts" classification was honestly because it was hard to classify, but has a distinct style. Not as familiar with Hollywood regency, but I can see some of the characteristics after some good ole' Googlin.

blackcat23
Jul 8, 2019, 5:18 PM
Renderings revealed for Western Gateway development

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/2018_article_gallery_image_2000w/public/field/image/alexan%20long%20beach%2012.jpg?itok=RMVd588z (https://urbanize.la/post/details-emerge-long-beachs-westside-gateway-development)

Illithid Dude
Jul 17, 2019, 1:53 AM
shout out to this very refined infill development going up in west ho. peep the curved windows. details matter!

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/2018_article_gallery_image_2000w/public/field/image/Architecture%20-%20Exterior%2003.jpeg?itok=fPKsTSYm

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/2018_article_gallery_image_2000w/public/field/image/Architecture%20-%20View%20of%20Ast%C3%A9ras%20Kings%20main%20entry%20and%20plaza.jpg?itok=h4XxLu3E

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/2018_article_gallery_image_2000w/public/field/image/Services%20and%20Amenities%20-%20Cafe%20Bar%20and%20Lounge.jpg?itok=V5M9RJ1v

https://urbanize.la/sites/default/files/styles/2018_article_gallery_image_2000w/public/field/image/Services%20and%20Amenities%20-%20Lobby.jpg?itok=zP7SPZgY