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Old Posted Jan 23, 2019, 12:19 AM
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^^^ And I wish the City/County/Region would see this and the possibilities. There is no reason why rail line cant be spread all over the county. The bogus reports/studies that metro gives for their reasoning behind why some lines wont be "feasible" or why they "wont work" just makes me want to scream. But somehow the WSAB makes the cut and the endless extension of the foothill line makes sense while denser corridors "Wont make sense". Annoying.
WSAB goes through some of the densest and most transit-dependent neighborhoods in the entire region. It's projected to have the highest ridership of any light rail line in Southern California. From both a ridership and equity standpoint, this is one of the most reasonable projects in the entire Measure M slate of projects.

Your frustrations toward the foothill line are valid.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2019, 4:27 AM
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^^^ Yes and no. I didn't say the WSAB didn't make sense, I said it somehow superseded projects that in my mind make a whole lot more sense than it does. AKA any project that cuts through the central city area and any project that cuts through central LA to reach the South Bay, like the Lincoln line that seems to get lesser and lesser notice.

Have you ever pulled up google maps and traced the WSAB the entire proposed route ? That's what I mean by bogus "projections/studies". Once it breaks away from the Blue Line, its mostly single family homes and strip malls. A big chunk of it is heavy industrial. The only dense-ish part is Bellflower and the specific area where the density is will only be getting one station. Its current terminus will be Little India at Pioneer/South street which is fine. But. 1 its a low density area with little to no heavy jobs center, the one job center it does pass is the Cerritos mall and surrounding entertainment district which, surprise surprise, wont be getting a stop a half miles away.

The WSAB will not be surpassing the Blue line in ridership, it wont surpass the Expo, it wont surpass the purple or red. Hell i'll be surprised if it surpasses the Crenshaw line. The only way for it to even be moderately used is if/when it continues on into Orange County which, by looking at google maps, will still be a stretch.
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^ Phenomenally awesome news!
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That's largely because all the recent FAANG expansions are all driven by their respective media strategies. Instead of buying an existing studio, FAANG are going to now spending stupid money trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel of making TV shows and movie.

So LA expansion is not a coincidence... this is where the talent lives whom FAANG wants to hire. And I'm not talking about actors, writers, or directors. I'm talking about production people, accountants and lawyers who know how to do entertainment deals, and people who work in distribution. They all live in LA and no one wants to move to Seattle or San Jose.
Case in point: Netflix's Bay Area-based CFO retired last year, and they hired an LA-based replacement.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 2:23 AM
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^^^ Yes and no. I didn't say the WSAB didn't make sense, I said it somehow superseded projects that in my mind make a whole lot more sense than it does. AKA any project that cuts through the central city area and any project that cuts through central LA to reach the South Bay, like the Lincoln line that seems to get lesser and lesser notice.

Have you ever pulled up google maps and traced the WSAB the entire proposed route ? That's what I mean by bogus "projections/studies". Once it breaks away from the Blue Line, its mostly single family homes and strip malls. A big chunk of it is heavy industrial. The only dense-ish part is Bellflower and the specific area where the density is will only be getting one station. Its current terminus will be Little India at Pioneer/South street which is fine. But. 1 its a low density area with little to no heavy jobs center, the one job center it does pass is the Cerritos mall and surrounding entertainment district which, surprise surprise, wont be getting a stop a half miles away.

The WSAB will not be surpassing the Blue line in ridership, it wont surpass the Expo, it wont surpass the purple or red. Hell i'll be surprised if it surpasses the Crenshaw line. The only way for it to even be moderately used is if/when it continues on into Orange County which, by looking at google maps, will still be a stretch.
Blue line weekday rider ship was 64k last year. Expo 61k. WASB is projected at 78-81k. There's a reason s heavy rail option was floated early on.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2019, 7:25 PM
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Blue line weekday rider ship was 64k last year. Expo 61k. WASB is projected at 78-81k. There's a reason s heavy rail option was floated early on.
This.

Caligrad, the corridor this line goes through is deceptively dense. Yes, on google satellite it looks like a bunch of single-family homes, but in reality, a good portion of those are small apartment buildings/2,3, and 4 plexes (often were originally built as SFH). Plus, the area is lower income and features a much higher ratio of people/bedroom, so the built form does not necessarily reflect the actual population density.
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New renderings for Shomof's major revamp of crack motel in Inglewood set to open in 2020

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Wow. What a huge change.
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Just throwing it out that the Century Plaza Towers are comfortably above street level and rising fast. These are about to start making a mark on the Century City skyline.
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Just throwing it out that the Century Plaza Towers are comfortably above street level and rising fast. These are about to start making a mark on the Century City skyline.
https://urbanize.la/post/work-begins...r-century-city

Across the street another High rise will soon rise as well. Century City Skyline gonna look very dense with these complete.
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El Segundo Planning Commission votes 5-0 to advance TopGolf development to City Council

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Hollywood Citizens New building being converted in exhibit space and two new ground floor restaurants. Adjacent to the Tommie and Thompson hotels under construction and Mama Shelter:

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I love watching the transformation of this section of Hollywood. It’s really become a neat little haven in LA.
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So we just hit 8,000 views on the Central LA Development Map. Thanks to everyone for your continuing interest and support!
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So we just hit 8,000 views on the Central LA Development Map. Thanks to everyone for your continuing interest and support!
Those maps are incredible. THANK YOU X 1000.
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^ Nice TOD. Replacing a parking garage along the purple line with this is a win in my books. Also like that it's a local developer.
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Just throwing it out that the Century Plaza Towers are comfortably above street level and rising fast. These are about to start making a mark on the Century City skyline.
Not only that, the gaping hole in the front motor court has been completely filled. This area will become an pedestrian plaza with public access easement.

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Across the street another High rise will soon rise as well. Century City Skyline gonna look very dense with these complete.
Yes very exciting to see them excavating the basement right now... this site is finally under construction after sitting vacant for almost 20 years. Is this project 100% residential? I was hoping it will have street level retail component. I hope they integrate the subway station access properly at this site.
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Hollywood / Wilcox 15-story development inching along. I am most excited about some of these Hollywood infill projects that really have the opportunity to revive the area. This would rise only feet from the u/c Tommie hotel, Thompson hotel, and the Dream hotel-adjacent project.

The Wilcox / Selma / Hollywood area is hot right now. Only wish this one weren’t so far out from groundbreaking.

https://urbanize.la/post/developer-w...wilcox-project
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I had occasion to be down in Hawthorne on Wednesday. While on a break, I got over to the parking garage at the HP Casino, which overlooks the new Rams Stadium construction site. Nice to see that stadium design in this country has finally caught up to the rest of the world.
190206 LOS ANGELES 001 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

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On the way back north, I drove through Century City to get an idea of how far things have progressed on the new twin towers. They are definitely above ground and going to add an interesting dynamic to the skyline. The vacant lot across Ave of the Stars is finally fenced off too, hopefully another set of gems by Johnson Fain. Century City will likely never be really urban in a traditional sense, but it’s finally filling in and will get better. We don’t seem to get many pics of Century City here, so I’m sharing what I got the other day…
190206 LOS ANGELES 006 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

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190206 LOS ANGELES 019 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

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190206 LOS ANGELES 021 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

Scott Johnson designs such nice facades:
190206 LOS ANGELES 022 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

Anyone living in Ventura or Santa Barbara knows that there is no reason to ever take the 405 during drive time if you can avoid it. The PCH is longer but about the same amount of time. And it’s much more scenic, especially at sunset. The Channel Islands are such a gem.
190206 LOS ANGELES 024 by Michael Stroh, on Flickr

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Clear enough to see the lighthouse, some 18.5 miles away…
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