Thanks for your comments/input.
I meant rental apts...not condos or offices. The office market in DTLA has been pretty much in the toilet since the 1980s. I would expect with all the new people moving into downtown that will change. With the apts. some buildings sound like they are pretty much leased up....others, not so much. That's why I was confused. I will check out downtownla.com.
As for that Marriott hotel, to me, the design doesn't look ugly so much as bland, dated and uninspired. And that's the way some national firms like their buildings. Maybe LA can force......I mean, encourage them to do an upgrade.
Whatever the case, I agree with Brigham.....not every building can be a masterpiece. Infilling some of downtown's empty holes can be just as important as good design when broadening the appeal of the area. Of course, getting both is even better.