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Old Posted Oct 22, 2014, 2:36 AM
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Everyones pictures are appreciated. It is nice to have frequent updates to show the progress.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:03 AM
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/us...dens.html?_r=0

Rule Change Lets Los Angeles Dream of Spires











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By ADAM NAGOURNEY
OCT. 21, 2014


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The downtown streets of Los Angeles these days are teeming with restaurants, music clubs, boutique hotels, sparkling new buildings and people, lots of people — swirling evidence of a transformation in a part of town that has always seemed something of an urban afterthought.

Just don’t look up. No matter how interesting city life has become out on the streets, the Los Angeles skyline remains an uninspiring procession of flattop buildings, a consequence of a 40-year-old Fire Department regulation that every skyscraper be topped by a helipad to allow for emergency rescues.

That is about to change. The Fire Department agreed last month to drop the regulation, which it had long contended was critical for public safety. In doing so, it is deferring to architects, elected officials and downtown champions who view the rule, known as Regulation 10, as superfluous at a time of advancement in fire safety technology and — worse — as a self-imposed prescription for architectural mediocrity in downtown Los Angeles at the very time that it is trying to strut its stuff for the nation.

...The rule change, which took effect immediately, has architects and city leaders dreaming of buildings featuring graceful spires evocative of the Chrysler Building in New York, glistening in the night sky or topped with sky-high parks and gardens. Los Angeles is the only major city in the United States that had a regulation for flattop buildings. “One more stupid rule in Los Angeles,” said Eric Garcetti, the mayor, in announcing its repeal.

“The helipad regulation has hindered L.A. from having an iconic, memorable skyline in a city that desperately needs a stronger urban identity,” said Brigham Yen, a downtown realtor who writes a blog, DTLA Rising. “Downtown L.A. now has the opportunity to design visually stunning high-rises with spires that will strengthen its position as an urban center.”

Brenda A. Levin, a Los Angeles architect who has overseen renovations of some of the city’s most historic buildings, said that the restrictions had served only to encourage “mundane architecture.” “The question will be whether now that the restriction is lifted, will the result be a more elegant high rise or just another spire reaching to make a building the tallest in the West?” she wrote in an email.

The catalyst for the change is the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center, a skyscraper now rising in downtown that will indeed, once completed, be the tallest building in the West, at 1,100 feet. Its architects asked the city two years ago for permission to top it with a spire — a conventional request in any other place — and that led to the creation of a commission to study the policy.
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2014, 12:08 AM
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This floor skipping is really annoying me
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2014, 12:37 AM
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p1 level is well under way,1 more jump till the lobby level.The 12th floor was built in 5 days.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2014, 1:54 AM
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Nice pics dachacon
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2014, 5:19 AM
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Just a couple of minutes ago...

Wilshire Grand night of 10/23 by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr
     
     
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Nice pics, guys. This thing is moving up quickly.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 26, 2014, 3:59 AM
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Wow, two beautiful shots.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 27, 2014, 3:25 PM
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Snapped a couple this morning:

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[QUOTE=Eightball;6784313]Snapped a couple this morning:

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We should see another floor jump early this week starting on the east side.
     
     
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Anyone know when they plan to start constructing the non-core parts of the tower? I never expected them to get so high with the core without even finishing a single story of the full floorplan.
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Anyone know when they plan to start constructing the non-core parts of the tower? I never expected them to get so high with the core without even finishing a single story of the full floorplan.
In November the steel will rise.
     
     
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In November the steel will rise.
Thanks upward! Looking forward to November now.
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Areal view of Wilshire Grand taken from 51st floor on 10/25/14

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Old Posted Oct 29, 2014, 4:26 PM
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We should see another floor jump early this week starting on the east side.
On point, just looked and they have a (small) wall of rebarb now up on the next level.
     
     
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Old Posted Oct 29, 2014, 10:31 PM
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They are cruising along...

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Old Posted Oct 30, 2014, 12:08 AM
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They are cruising along...

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It seems they are now doing a floor every 4 or 5 days now.
     
     
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Taken a few hours ago.


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Old Posted Nov 2, 2014, 4:12 AM
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Nice shots eclipse, some beautiful ones in there. Final shot shows they've completed that floor they've been working on, should jump soon!
     
     
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