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This rendering isn't on the blog post:


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Great render!
The tower isnt remarkable design, but it is very much what is en vogue right now in tall building design in the West and some of South Asia. All edges and cutouts and angles. No central spires on top of a tapering crown, a la Chrysler building.
The fact that it really seems to be following the WG in conception and execution....the conversion of an older hotel into something much grander.
Still a clean design.
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611 needs its entire exterior ripped off and replaced with new sheets of glass to make it look more modern. The floor plans may be horrible for office space now but I'm sure its good enough for residential units. The blank slab on the back needs a giant mural that may changes every few years and this building will be great as is. I once heard someone on here say the top was a restaurant/cafeteria? maybe reopen that, that could be cool, or turn it into amenities for the residence. indoor pool, gym. etc. the lower deck could also hold a pool and doggy area and etc. It really has a lot of potential and isn't too far from metro stops.
An L.A. history motif would be an interesting mural, starting with the prehistoric period of the tarpits at the bottom, through the indigenous era, the Spanish & Mexican era, and modern era. The artist(s) would have to be brave, dangling that high. Maybe they can robotize the process. Maybe a light show would be easier, but I guess that would need to dangle workers as well. I guess window washing type thingies could be used to install it.
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I'm all for it. Put a 250 foot spire with a beacon on top.
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Good sarcasm....but not so much due to bunker hill in 2018 being less walkable than in the past....as much as bunker hill over 60 yrs ago being a fairly major example of...

dtla is in better shape today than ever before in the city's history since bldgs like this one originally were limited to daytime, temporary users only...

A lack of ppl living in dtla, beyond a small number on bunker hill...most who were struggling pensioners...or scattered throughout other parts of the hood, is a major reason dt wasn't a really well established part of the city. That made it easier for ppl to walk away from it...to abandon it for the burbs or other parts of LA...which then led to dt's major decline.
I do not know why you are always hating on the LA of old, and clamouring for an LA version of the Promenade or Old Pas? LA is doing amazing things precisely because of its diversity of uses, people and for its vast supply of gorgeous architectural buildings and unique character. Why are you always saying that LA is doing better today than it ever has before? This is 100% incorrect. LA was the center of the entire region south of the Tehachapis for most of its life, including for living quarters, manufacturing, and business. It is only now beginning to awaken from its long slumber after being abandoned by suburbanites like your self, in search of the sterility of promenades and faux european cafes. LA is doing amazing things, but it has a long way to go until it reaches its level of activity of the past.

bunker_hill_1900 by Brett Thomas, on Flickr

7th_and_Broadway_1926 by Brett Thomas, on Flickr

Spring_Street_and_Sixth_Street,_April,_1910 by Brett Thomas, on Flickr
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Sexy! This tower is simple yet clean and screams Los Angeles. I'm loving that green facade as well. If only we can take a piece from the Crystal Cathedral and stick it up on the center of the tower as a spire that'll be great, but nonetheless this tower already looks great!
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Why are you always saying that LA is doing better today than it ever has before? This is 100% incorrect. LA was the center of the entire region south of the Tehachapis for most of its life, including for living quarters, manufacturing, and business. It is only now beginning to awaken from its long slumber after being abandoned by suburbanites like your self, in search of the sterility of promenades and faux european cafes. LA is doing amazing things, but it has a long way to go until it reaches its level of activity of the past.
Partly true....but dtla in the past, except a few parts of bunker hill over 90 yrs ago, was never considered a fashionable place to live. Even when it was thriving, as shown in the pics you posted, much of that was due to a lack of competition. Back then, ppl would also visit dt during the day then return to other sections of LA when the sun went down.

another reason why it's hard to be too nostalgic about dt's past, it was never talked about as one of the great citified areas of the US or world....even when its streets were packed with well dressed ppl. LA in general, dt in particular, was still rated as in the shadows of other cities.

I see two reasons for that in this vid.....the former Giannini bldg on 7th St, home of bank of america, wasn't as sleek as today's nomad hotel. The former commercial exchange bldg on 8th St wasn't as friendly as today's freeman hotel. They were dark & quiet, or didn't exist, at the end of the day decades ago. Today, while they're not residential for full timers, they're at least occupied by ppl around the clock.

Those two sections of dt, however, really fell apart over 5 yrs ago, for most of the decades following the 1940s.


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Edit: I have to add a third reason!...the large parking lot that used to exist south of the corner of 7th & olive, south of the coulter mandel bldg. It was a big gap in the past, even in the 1940s. Today? It's the large 8th & grand bldg, containing both apts & whole foods mkt.

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