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Old Posted Aug 9, 2017, 10:14 PM
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ugh, UV looked a lot better on aerial shots than it does from up close. yikes.
I just went to UV yesterday and walked around. It looks better in person and is a drastic improvement from what was there. I actually like it... although I still wish they went with the Romanesque architecture of the first renderings. The president of USC; CL Max Nikias, has an affinity for the east coasty collegiate look and choose to steer all future building architecture in this direction. I prefer USC to look more like Stanford than Yale.... but oh well, not my fight. Grateful for the expansion and elevation of this world class university in Los Angeles
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2017, 10:38 PM
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There is a lot to like about USC Village - the new retail (esp. the Target and Trader Joe's) is great for folks in the neighborhood. While I haven't been in the plaza part yet, the development has a nice density, creates a good street wall, and the streetscape design is thoughtful. That said, I find the buildings tacky, and I think that ultimately the school's decision to hire the same architects to do almost every new building in the way was very short-sighted. When they inevitably fall out of style within 20-30 years USC will suddenly be stuck with a giant number of campus buildings that they'll want to be replaced.
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Old Posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:48 AM
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As usual Hunter fantastic photography. Some of the oldest parking lots of central Hollywood (some dating from the fifties and as old as I am) have been given their rightful burial--RIP. Amen.

PS how can any sane person object to this kind of evolution.
Great shots of Argyle. I'm curious what the parking ratio is for this development. Is it less - like the TODs in Chicago (transit oriented developments) where required parking rules are eased and the number of parking spots in a building can be less than the number of units?
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In short, USC Village is a mix of an outdoor mall with residential colleges, that is open to the public while Yale's is merely dormitories and closed to the public.
Yale Residential Colleges are not dormitories in the conventional sense. Each of the colleges has a library, dining hall, dean's apartment, Master's quarters (house), and other student spaces (e.g., meetings rooms, studios, galleries, etc.), all surrounding a central courtyard. They may not be open to the public, but their scale (if not their function) is comparable to the USC Village.


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but if you think Yale going all in is somehow a better approach, then I'm glad USC has been more standoffish.

I think this is horrible looking....esp what looks like a very top heavy, white brick or tiled cross hatched thingamajig. Some of the other ornamental features...esp the other white brick areas....on these bldgs are just plain tacky......
Tacky? It is a Robert A.M. Stern design. He's a very refined architect, who does his homework.

He clearly set out to replicate the Gothic-revival buildings in the Central Campus. But as typical of any really good architect, Stern was not content just to copy, hence the unique brick pattern at the top of the tower.

I quite like the pattern. It's a bit incongruous at first, but so was the exterior treatment of Saarinen's Morse/Stiles Colleges, which itself is a creative take on the stone facades of a medieval town (i.e., San Gimignano). Stern finds himself in good company.
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Old Posted Aug 10, 2017, 9:47 PM
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Here are a few photos of developments in my immediate neighborhood in Hollywood, which includes a mix of standard apartment buildings and small lot houses.

Just north of the infamous Sunset and Gordon tower.
1558 Gordon Street - 8/1/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

The trees made it impossible to find an unobstructed view, so I did my best.
5727 La Mirada Avenue #1 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

5727 La Mirada Avenue #2 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

5727 La Mirada Avenue #3 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

5727 La Mirada Avenue #4 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

This looks like your standard infill development, enough said.
1439 Tamarind Avenue #1 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1439 Tamarind Avenue #2 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

Across the street, another development in the early stages of construction.
1448 Tamarind Avenue #1 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1448 Tamarind Avenue #2 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1448 Tamarind Avenue #3 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

One block to the west...
1338 Gordon Street #1 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1338 Gordon Street #2 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

Recently completed. The color scheme and small windows just don't sit right with me, personally speaking.
1240 Gordon Street #1 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1240 Gordon Street #2 - 8/7/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

This one at least looks more aesthetically pleasing than the previous one.
1146 N. Beachwood Drive #1 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr

1146 N. Beachwood Drive #2 - 8/6/2017 by Juan Gomez, on Flickr
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All of those apartments look extremely ugly...
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All of those apartments look extremely ugly...
I think 1439 Tamarind looks pretty good.

1240 Gordon isn't apartments but whoever designed it should be banned from practicing architecture ever again.
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^^^ Its already been approved and everything but the developers actually added 90 units to the project, by shrinking some units and tweaking the design. They are requesting to add 2-3 more levels of subterranean parking, adding 64 parking stalls.......They are requesting approval for the updated plan with the city tomorrow which is already a done deal. BUT.

The nimybs have been stomping around Long Beach alllllllll freaking day, lying and getting people upset. One went up to my aunts condo, 4 blocks away, telling her that the building will be a "Super tall structure", which is obviously a lie, and will cast a shadow over her building....4 blocks away.......At 65 years old, of course she was freaked out. Told her not to worry but I have a feeling a lot of people are going to show up tomorrow ill-informed. I had to shut one guy down when I was getting my coffee.
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New hotel planned just south of Santa Monica/La Brea, to kill auto shop:

https://urbanize.la/post/nine-story-...west-hollywood

EDIT: Higher quality renderings from Curbed LA.







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i like it a lot! Talk about an improvement over a body shop
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This strange neighborhood is going. I've been parking there recently and I've never seen anything quite like it in the LA area. All the creepy abandoned buildings, random houses, and homeless encampments. Like something out of fallout 4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zt_6GUuc8g
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New development planned on Melrose between Harvard and Kingsley, as first reported by Urbanize LA yesterday:

https://urbanize.la/post/more-apartm...melrose-avenue

Renderings from Curbed LA today:



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New development planned on Melrose between Harvard and Kingsley, as first reported by Urbanize LA yesterday:
Complete brain fart by me. I totally wrote about this project back in June, with renderings, then forgot.

https://urbanize.la/post/micro-units-coming-melrose-avenue
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^ That's really nice!
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That scale of development should be allowed everywhere in LA.
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^ Seriously. Buildings with smaller footprints (such as this one) where the height is about equal or greater than the width make a place feel denser and more vertical. It also helps out with housing affordability because of increased competition between many more developers.

The only downside (and it's unique to LA) would be that we'd end up with more curb cuts on each block.

EDIT: I guess SF suffers from lots of curb cuts as well, but I surmise that those individual garages are used mostly for storage these days.
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Are there or were there any plans to light up the Hollywood Sign at night?

I imagine it to be very LA Noir looking. Its a cultural landmark, I'm surprised its not even lighted up
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Are there or were there any plans to light up the Hollywood Sign at night?

I imagine it to be very LA Noir looking. Its a cultural landmark, I'm surprised its not even lighted up
Too tired and lazy to do research right now, but something tells me the adjacent Homeowner Associations and Neighborhood Councils have something to do with it. I mean this is LA, after all...
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2017, 6:33 AM
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Are there or were there any plans to light up the Hollywood Sign at night?

I imagine it to be very LA Noir looking. Its a cultural landmark, I'm surprised its not even lighted up
The homeowners around it have had it turned off for decades. It's like... why would one move next to something like that and complain... much the same with regards to one moving into LAX flight path, then complaining and filing suit.

The residents are even trying to block people from driving up there.

Two solutions I see...
1. New LED lighting could replace the old floodlights and may be able to better direct the rays and keep glare/light pollution from people's homes
2. Build an aerial gondola from universal city Metro station around the north side of universal studios along the river then up the hill. This would take cars off the street and could be paid for with a charge $$ for each ride
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