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Old Posted Feb 24, 2016, 2:37 AM
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I very much agree. I love going for a nice dinner in the Financial District followed by a raucous night in the Historic Core after a day of shopping at the swapmeets and street vendors in the Toy District for items ranging from Himalayan sea salt lamps to hand woven Nepalese shirts (all at prices far cheaper than anywhere else in the country). This is what makes DTLA so special, its diversity. SF, Manhattan, etc are increasingly becoming homogeneous, and (despite their beautiful architecture and geography) are beginning to resemble the suburbs that surround them.
Oooh, Citywatch won't be happy to see someone on this board shops at swapmeets.

Personally, I appreciate this P.O.V. and think there's room downtown for a little of everything. I love seeing all kinds of people in the historic core. And while I don't necessarily think every swapmeet and luggage shop should stay, I'd hate to see the neighborhood rid itself of everything that kept the streets active when most Angelinos avoided the area like the plague.
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Old Posted Feb 24, 2016, 5:14 AM
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People who think homelessness = grittiness or authenticity need get out of the their bubble. You're really nothing but a misery tourist. I'm glad they're there to validate your sense of urban adventure.
Brudy I'm with you. DTLA is better off without the unsightly grime and decay (urban blight) of the historic section and is what's preventing DTLA from really taking off. The development of Oceanwide Plaza should go a long way in bringing some respectability; more than its museums ever did (it's dead on that side of town)
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Oooh, Citywatch won't be happy to see someone on this board shops at swapmeets..
actually, I'll be perfectly happy if ppl are visiting swapmeets in pico rivera or huntington park, or areas like that. but if they're swapmeeets on one of the few streets in dtla with lots of classic old bldgs, & where the few nice newer stores or restaurants are struggling to survive, then that's a whole different matter.


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Old Posted Feb 24, 2016, 4:43 PM
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Forgive me for my ignorance, but what are the Bixel Tower and Fashion District Tower.
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Excellent videos citywatch. And I agree with what I think is the premise of your post, but I think its important to point out the size of the space we are talking about. Downtown LA is the same size as the area of San Francisco all the way from Fishermans Wharf to the 24th Street Corridor in the Mission. There is room for a wide variety of uses in DTLA, ranging from a quesadilla cart on LA Street to Bottega Louie on 7th Street. And having those and other eclectic uses all within walking distance adds much to DTLA's vibrancy and richness

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Excellent videos citywatch. And I agree with what I think is the premise of your post, but I think its important to point out the size of the space we are talking about. Downtown LA is the same size as the area of San Francisco all the way from Fishermans Wharf to the 24th Street Corridor in the Mission. There is room for a wide variety of uses in DTLA, ranging from a quesadilla cart on LA Street to Bottega Louie on 7th Street. And having those and other eclectic uses all within walking distance adds much to DTLA's vibrancy and richness

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How do we get this thread so that it is in the "Los Angeles Projects and Construction" group??

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/tags...ag=los+angeles
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Could somebody pleaaaase pin this thread to the top, or whatever you want to call.

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Forgive me for my ignorance, but what are the Bixel Tower and Fashion District Tower.
Im guessing the Bixel site might be this:
http://urbanize.la/post/high-rise-de...nned-city-west

No clue about the fashion district.
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No clue about the fashion district.
They must mean the Frankentower, which isn't really the Fashion District but close enough I guess.
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BCLbI8DjsX-/

Inside the Fig Central (Oceanwide Plaza) pit where 3 skyscrapers will soon rise. #jtwimsatt will begin the podium portion of the project shortly!

Hoping these guys will get a webcam up eventually.


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http://urbanize.la/post/geoff-palmer...ments-revealed

First glimpse of Ferrante, Geoff Palmer's 1,500-unit project across the freeway from Da Vinci.

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He's never gonna stop, is he?
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He's never gonna stop, is he?
How old is he? He has to retire at some point.
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2016, 5:51 PM
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How old is he? He has to retire at some point.
People like him who are driven by nothing other than money never retire--they just die. And I'm sure that he has left some ready, willing, and able progeny to follow in "papa's" shoes.
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People like him who are driven by nothing other than money never retire--they just die. And I'm sure that he has left some ready, willing, and able progeny to follow in "papa's" shoes.
>implying all developers aren't driven by money
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The average locally-focused urban developer is like a restaurant owner...they're in it for the money, but they also build stuff they like and will be proud of. National developers can be like that too, but business and repetition often dominate more. It's a very different picture than what it might look like from the outside (I work for a GC).
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Proposed Convention Center Hotel will feature 40-story and 28-story towers

1,100 guest rooms, 20,000 sq. ft. of retail. Architect is Gensler, developer is the Lighthouse Group.

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Old Posted Feb 25, 2016, 9:14 PM
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Proposed Convention Center Hotel will feature 40-story and 28-story towers

1,100 guest rooms, 20,000 sq. ft. of retail. Architect is Gensler, developer is the Lighthouse Group.

Im a little suprised by the relative stubbyness of the project.. i was expecting 55 - 40 story towers based on the room counts and the lot size. Oh well, 1100 rooms is nothing to sneeze at
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I think the other projects are taller due to the fact that they're mixed use.

The 18 story Metropolis can fit 350 rooms. The courtyard is only 22 floors and fits 393 rooms.

If they're going to split two towers into full hotel rooms it seems about right. I'm fine with it. The 40 story will be taller than Circa so that should be a nice appearance when looking down Fig past Hanzen, Oceanwide and Circa. It's incredible how different this street will be in just 3 years. Hopefully they FINALLY incorporate a spire into this design. I want more pointy roofs and spires!
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