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Old Posted Jul 26, 2010, 5:25 PM
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Movietown is about as good as you can hope for: 10 stories, retail, housing, open space, underground parking. I figured it was another "approved, no start date" for the foreseeable future. Now for 100 more of these.

sopas: I don't think you need to worry too much yet. I think the "medical pot and tattoo" crowd and the "Target and McDonalds" crowd still dominate in many areas.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2010, 5:53 PM
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Hehe well the Target and McDonald's crowd will always be around; those two businesses have become the bread and butter of our society, haven't they. Nothing "edgy" about them.

Which brings up a point; I had a co-worker who lived south of the Miracle Mile and he thought it was awesome when that Target on La Cienega south of the 10 opened up in the late 90s or early 2000s, where the old FEDCO was (this of course was before the Target in WeHo opened). Prior to that, there was no Target in LA proper south of the Valley; he would've had to have gone to the suburbs (or the Valley). It's been my experience that most people don't see Target as being a trashy store (like how many see Walmart or Kmart to be) but more akin to a mainstream supermarket or drugstore in the sense that EVERYONE shops there for necessary items.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2010, 6:04 PM
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Agreed; Target is the new Penney's or Woolworths; economical but not pure junk.

You friend should be happy. Just on the Westside, there are now Targets in the works for Sunset and Western; Pico and San Vicente; Rodeo and Crenshaw; and in Westwood Village. Mostly urban versions with integrated Ralph's markets and parking on the roof.
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Speaking of Kmart, maybe they should jump on the 'everything old is new again' bandwagon and rebrand their stores as S. S. Kresge. That would be very full circle cool.
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Agreed; Target is the new Penney's or Woolworths; economical but not pure junk.

You friend should be happy. Just on the Westside, there are now Targets in the works for Sunset and Western; Pico and San Vicente; Rodeo and Crenshaw; and in Westwood Village. Mostly urban versions with integrated Ralph's markets and parking on the roof.
Save for Westwood Village, none of those are on the Westside.
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2010, 6:52 PM
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You friend should be happy. Just on the Westside, there are now Targets in the works for Sunset and Western; Pico and San Vicente; Rodeo and Crenshaw; and in Westwood Village.
Target in Westwood Village? Are they taking over the old EXPO space?
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Old Posted Jul 26, 2010, 8:36 PM
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KOTH: probably true, but I meant anything west of DT.

LAsam: yes they are. But interestingly, the result turns out to be similar to the others: building to the streetline; market; Target; parking off street level.
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Why isn't there a section for projects in Orange County?
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2010, 2:08 AM
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My guess is because Orange County isn't a city.

There's an OC thread in the Regional Pacific West section.
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Thanks! I forgot that section existed.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2010, 5:38 PM
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yeah; it's pretty dead over there but people should take a look.
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There is a lot of stuff going on in the OC, like the southern portion of the Santa Ana Corridor that will end at the Metrolink Station.
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Santa Monica Place Opening Soon!

Totally excited to see this place almost open!

The Bloomingdales will essentially become the new face of Santa Monica since the Aqua Line will be terminating literally across the street from it (catercorner). It's exciting to think about how future transit users will be getting off at this station right across from the new Santa Monica Place.

I took these all from last night:

Bloomingdales all lit up at night. This view will be the same from transit users getting off the future Aqua Line station terminus in Santa Monica.



This corner is 100 times better than before when it was Macy's and a blank wall.



Getting ready for opening day



These metal panels are on the outside of the Bloomingdales



A view inside the new Santa Monica Place



The second CB2 in LA (the other one is at Fairfax/Sunset)



Grand opening is on Aug 6, 2010



Nike Town?



View from 3rd Street Promenade



A peek inside



A brand new Nordstrom



Another peek inside



New designs on the parking structure
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^ Wow, I never knew the extent to which it was being upgraded. Almost all of it is now high-end shopping and dining.
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So far, Santa Monica Place is looking beautiful! Can't wait to see it in action.
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Though the grand opening of the revamped Santa Monica Place is on August 6th, from what I've been reading, it'll only be about 70% opened. What's gotten me excited is that they're supposed to open some kind of artisanal food market along the lines of what's at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. But that doesn't open for another 3 or 4 months, or something. Not sure how big that market is going to be, but I'll totally be there once it's opened to check it out.
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Very nice. Looks classy and urban without the artficiality of the Grove. DT SM is getting some real urban bulk to it.

Beverly Center please take note. A flow into 3rd, Beverly, La Cienega would create a great urban nucleus.

Bloomies is also looking to build directly above the Purple Line in CC (if the Santa Monica Blvd. site is used). Must be their roots in NY that attracts them to subways.
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Bloomies is also looking to build directly above the Purple Line in CC (if the Santa Monica Blvd. site is used). Must be their roots in NY that attracts them to subways.
They also have a store directly next to the Friendship Heights metro station in DC, along DC's version of Rodeo Drive.


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Amazing

I grew up in Santa Monica, I have seen allot of changes. The constant was the Santa Monica Place. Now, even that has gone through a total transformation. There is not allot i can say about the new residences going in but this "mall' is really impressive. It is almost a right of passage for the once seaside community turned urban mecca. The Aqua line, will be the icing on the cake.
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They also have a store directly next to the Friendship Heights metro station in DC, along DC's version of Rodeo Drive.


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Wow, Talbot's managed to make it onto DC's Rodeo Drive.
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