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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:24 PM
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Building permits issued for 2050 N Clark St - 5 stories and 32 units. Replaces a 1 story building. Should be good to establish more of a wall in that area like a few other buildings around it.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/20...ec79c7!6m1!1e1
Is there any sort of rendering or elevation drawing for this one?
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 5:27 PM
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^ Good to see this one climbing quickly. I feel like that massive podium took like 10 months to build.

Does anyone know what the heck is going on at 676 N. LaSalle right now? Crews are erecting some kind of steel frame with no sign of foundations below.
Is that a condo project? A sales center?
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 5:48 PM
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^ Good to see this one climbing quickly. I feel like that massive podium took like 10 months to build.

Does anyone know what the heck is going on at 676 N. LaSalle right now? Crews are erecting some kind of steel frame with no sign of foundations below.
They're not erecting anything, they took down the billboard structure that was there. This morning they're further tearing it apart.

Also taken down yesterday was the billboard on the NW corner of that block. Probably today they'll take down the one on the SW corner of the block.
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 5:56 PM
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They're not erecting anything, they took down the billboard structure that was there. This morning they're further tearing it apart.

Also taken down yesterday was the billboard on the NW corner of that block. Probably today they'll take down the one on the SW corner of the block.
Thank goodness. I think I'd rather see surface parking lots than I would billboards.
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:48 PM
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I don't like surface lots at all but I don't mind billboards just like I don't mind old fire escapes on facades of buildings. That nice gritty city look

Those obnoxious electronic billboards though = awful
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 8:55 PM
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They're not erecting anything, they took down the billboard structure that was there. This morning they're further tearing it apart.
That makes so much more sense. Thank you.
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 10:00 PM
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Apple Store

Back when the new Apple Store looked more like a Gap. (See what I did there?)

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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 10:17 PM
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Back when the new Apple Store looked more like a Gap. (See what I did there?)

They're going to cover up all those Windows by the time they're done.
This Jobs is going to have a real impact on Pioneer Court.

I don't know, what else do you got?
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Old Posted Jan 10, 2017, 11:35 PM
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So the billboard in front of 676 N Lasalle is gone now, and so is the one on the SE corner of Huron and Wells. But the one on the NE corner of Erie and Wells is still up. You'd think they'd have taken that down, too. i wonder why they didn't.
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I've dealt with billboard registrations before and maybe it's a matter getting the final approval from all parties? These billboards can switch hands and then there's issues of leases, easements and permits. Paperwork process can be difficult.
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So the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which Chicago lost due to a small group of self-aggrandizing individuals, will make its home in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The site was announced today over Treasure Island in San Francisco.

Los Angeles will be home to George Lucas' $1-billion museum

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The suspense has been as epic as “Star Wars,” but after months of intense speculation, George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art on Tuesday chose Los Angeles as its home over San Francisco.

The filmmaker’s personal collection of fine and popular art, including ephemera related to his “Star Wars” franchise, will fill a futuristic new museum in L.A.’s Exposition Park, which beat out a competing plan on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The rivalry had pitted two cities in the competition not only for Lucas’ collection and the tourism it will bring, but also for the thousands of jobs that backers say it will create.

Lucas has said he will fund the project to the tune of about $1 billion, including building costs, his art and an endowment of at least $400 million.
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Wow, that means San Francisco got rejected twice for hosting the museum. The design for the LA museum looks similar to what was planned for Chicago
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Let's not miss the lede here: This location in LA is so out of the way from the major tourist areas that it's ridiculously inferior to the 2nd-choice, 3rd-choice, etc. sites offered in Chicago. Not to mention that it will get lost among the other arts and pop culture attractions throughout LA that are on visitors' lists. Not sure LA visitors are going to actually go out of their way just to see the real, actual Darth Vader mask, or the real, actual, Ten Commandments tablets, er, not those, but the real, actual, fake hollywood movie prop Ten Commandments tablets, when there are tons of studio tours offering real movie sets, etc.

Being 200 yards west of Soldier Field (and the lake), for example, would have been much more prominent than being 2 miles southwest of LA Live / Staples Center / downtown LA, and across a couple expressways.

The article doesn't say anything about synergy with the USC film school, but I imagine that's one silver lining. Eventually maybe Exposition Park will gain some critical mass, but even then it'll never be as big a destination as the upcoming Inglewood "Entertainment District at Hollywood Park" with its most-expensive-ever (and architectually unique) NFL stadium. I realize this is supposed to be an art venue and not an entertainment venue, but it was clear Lucas wanted to be in a high traffic area -- and after all, what's the point of spending a billion on curvy imported architecture and then not siting it somewhere where the greatest number of people will be likely to lay eyes on the structure.
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The article doesn't say anything about synergy with the USC film school, but I imagine that's one silver lining. Eventually maybe Exposition Park will gain some critical mass, but even then it'll never be as big a destination as the upcoming Inglewood "Entertainment District at Hollywood Park" with its most-expensive-ever (and architectually unique) NFL stadium. I realize this is supposed to be an art venue and not an entertainment venue, but it was clear Lucas wanted to be in a high traffic area -- and after all, what's the point of spending a billion on curvy imported architecture and then not siting it somewhere where the greatest number of people will be likely to lay eyes on the structure.
Eh, I think you're underestimating Exposition Park. It's not in the place to be in LA, but I don't know that there is just one – there's several major nodes/clusters of museums.

Along with The Broad/MOCA/Walt Disney Concert Hall cluster downtown and the LACMA/La Brea/Automobile Museum further west, Exposition Park already has three museums, if you're not counting USC's art museum across the street. Lucas is also very tied to the school's cinema school (I spent a summer there right before a major donation on his behalf was going to replace all the film cameras with new digital equipment), which I'm sure was a big plus for him.
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I shot a documentary in Chicago over the summer and got some interesting opinions on the Lucas Museum saga from Stanley Tigerman, Helmut Jahn and Gov. Thompson--Tigerman thought it was a great idea for a "vapid lakefront" as he called it, Jahn thought they should put it in McCormick, and Thompson was very surprised the deal didn't go through...
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2017, 8:51 AM
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^ Off topic but, um, are you just going to talk about this documentary or are you going to share it with us?
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:15 PM
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Let's not miss the lede here: This location in LA is so out of the way from the major tourist areas that it's ridiculously inferior to the 2nd-choice, 3rd-choice, etc. sites offered in Chicago.
Chicago offered 2nd and 3rd choice sites? I must have missed that.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2017, 3:14 PM
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Let's not miss the lede here: This location in LA is so out of the way from the major tourist areas that it's ridiculously inferior to the 2nd-choice, 3rd-choice, etc. sites offered in Chicago. Not to mention that it will get lost among the other arts and pop culture attractions throughout LA that are on visitors' lists. Not sure LA visitors are going to actually go out of their way just to see the real, actual Darth Vader mask, or the real, actual, Ten Commandments tablets, er, not those, but the real, actual, fake hollywood movie prop Ten Commandments tablets, when there are tons of studio tours offering real movie sets, etc.

Being 200 yards west of Soldier Field (and the lake), for example, would have been much more prominent than being 2 miles southwest of LA Live / Staples Center / downtown LA, and across a couple expressways.

The article doesn't say anything about synergy with the USC film school, but I imagine that's one silver lining. Eventually maybe Exposition Park will gain some critical mass, but even then it'll never be as big a destination as the upcoming Inglewood "Entertainment District at Hollywood Park" with its most-expensive-ever (and architectually unique) NFL stadium. I realize this is supposed to be an art venue and not an entertainment venue, but it was clear Lucas wanted to be in a high traffic area -- and after all, what's the point of spending a billion on curvy imported architecture and then not siting it somewhere where the greatest number of people will be likely to lay eyes on the structure.
Hold up...

Exposition Park is home to the following:

LA Swimming Stadium
LA Coliseum
Natural History Museum
California Science Center
California African American Museum
IMAX Theater
The Endeavor Space Shuttle
Banc of California Stadium
Rose Garden

Not to mention that college across the street. It's about 2 miles south of DTLA with 2 Metro stops. Out of the way it isn't.
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Friends of Parks should be so ashamed of themselves for ruining this for Chicago. They should all be forced to move to Wichita, Kansas and lick their own butt cracks for the rest of thier lives. Shame on them and their rediculous antics.
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So the billboard in front of 676 N Lasalle is gone now, and so is the one on the SE corner of Huron and Wells. But the one on the NE corner of Erie and Wells is still up. You'd think they'd have taken that down, too. i wonder why they didn't.
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I've dealt with billboard registrations before and maybe it's a matter getting the final approval from all parties? These billboards can switch hands and then there's issues of leases, easements and permits. Paperwork process can be difficult.
This morning crews are out taking down the billboard on the NE corner of Erie/Wells. Bye-bye billboards, hoping for a hello to construction crews on all corners of the block showing up soon. If that condo building for the body shop managed to sell quickly enough we could have nearly an entire block under construction, with three different developers, at the same time. That would be amazing, even if I did have to put up with construction crews for the next two years right after having to put up with 707 N Wells and Exhibit under construction for years already.
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