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Old Posted Nov 14, 2018, 11:33 PM
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Wait i'm confused.... So AEG wants a financial incentive to build another hotel tower? but the other marriot expansion tower across Olympic is still on ice? or is this the same tower ? the one that AEG canceled after they threw their massive corporate tantrum with the city a few years back.
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The demonizing of AEG is amusing to me. They ain't a charity. They've also played a large role in downtown's revitalization, especially considering where it was in the 90s.

I suppose some people would rather the convention center remain in its present state indefinitely and just hope magic money will appear in the city's coffers.
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You've all seen this today right:
https://urbanize.la/post/aeg-files-p...rriott-la-live

But I'm confused...
Is this latest proposal ON TOP of this one: https://urbanize.la/post/depth-look-...iott-expansion
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You've all seen this today right:
https://urbanize.la/post/aeg-files-p...rriott-la-live

But I'm confused...
Is this latest proposal ON TOP of this one: https://urbanize.la/post/depth-look-...iott-expansion
No, just one tower now. The tower in the older link has essentially been moved to a new location as part of the convention center overhaul.
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Old Posted Nov 15, 2018, 6:46 PM
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No, just one tower now. The tower in the older link has essentially been moved to a new location as part of the convention center overhaul.
Got it. Thanks!
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can we get some more towers in the historic core u/c asap
Or Bunker Hill *ahem LA Grand Hotel Tower* and *ahem Angels Landing*
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Old Posted Nov 16, 2018, 5:24 AM
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The demonizing of AEG is amusing to me. They ain't a charity. They've also played a large role in downtown's revitalization, especially considering where it was in the 90s.

I suppose some people would rather the convention center remain in its present state indefinitely and just hope magic money will appear in the city's coffers.


When we start letting corporations make demands and requests because they "did us a favor" 20 years ago, that's a problem. That favor not only benefited us, it greatly benefited them as well. If downtown was in the same dire state it was in 20-30 years ago then yeah, I would totally be on board to bend over and bite the bullet. NOW however, AEG is playing ball in a court that has a few dozen new players all wanting to play. AEG threw a tantrum with the city with the downtown stadium, they threw one with the now canceled expansion tower and then threatened the city when the city looked at other developers to redesign and redevelop the convention center. But hey, they did us a favor 20 years ago. In 20 more years they might throw another tantrum and demand the city bulldoze half of South Park because of too much competition
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While out riding bike, noticed plywood fencing and some small machinery at the tinker-toy garage, future site of Gehry's Grand Ave project. Looks like demo may be starting!
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While out riding bike, noticed plywood fencing and some small machinery at the tinker-toy garage, future site of Gehry's Grand Ave project. Looks like demo may be starting!
That's cool...I might just walk over there.
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Built not to last -- yet still standing

March 25, 2008

Even before it opened in 1969, the "Erector set" parking lot at the corner of 1st and Olive streets downtown was one of Los Angeles' most reviled structures.

Richard G. Mitchell, head of the Community Redevelopment Agency, complained that it was just another monolith of concrete, asphalt and steel atop Bunker Hill. The mass of girders and slabs, perched atop what look like stilts, "fights you," Mitchell said. He predicted it would have a "depressing effect" on downtown.

Robert Bolling, president of the Southern California chapter of the American Institute of Architects, agreed, warning that the structure would have a "deleterious effect on the fabric of the city."

At the time, the 1,062-car structure's saving grace was that it was temporary. Planners promised the "portable parking structure" would be dismantled and moved somewhere else, replaced by a more fitting form of architecture.

Looking at it perched atop Bunker Hill, some confused it with a half-finished office building. And as the hill became populated with true architectural gems -- MOCA, the Cathedral and then Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall -- the "Erector set" became even more of a blight.

In a few weeks, workers will finally begin removing the structure. As planners originally promised, it will be replaced by something more architectural: a Frank Gehry-designed condo and shopping complex clad in glass, concrete and limestone.

The structure went up in a matter of months in 1969 as a quick fix for a pressing problem. A survey conducted in 1966 showed that more than 250,000 cars were entering the city center each day, but there were only 81,000 parking spaces.

The designer, engineer Charles Bentley, was marketing what he called a "revolutionary concept": a low-cost portable parking structure that could be erected in a matter of weeks over an existing lot and taken down and moved as land uses changed. His $850,000 edifice was put together much like a child's Erector set. Concrete floors had connectors embedded into them so that they could be easily joined to the support columns and beams.

L.A. turned out to be the first major American city to try temporary parking buildings.

L.A.'s cutting-edge parking concept won attention from futurists, who saw only one flaw. "Their appearance -- which is most charitably described as functional -- does not do much to improve the aesthetics of a neighborhood," Time magazine wrote in 1969.
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