Originally Posted by bobcat
Going on and on and on about how awful things were in the past isn't going to make things better.
But keep in mind the saying of "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
I think not knowing the shape of things, then & now, has made ppl far likelier to over or underestimate what should or shouldn't be done to turn around the hood.
For example, LBU mentioned a few wks ago that the Bonvaventure hotel prob was doing poorly because it was such a dusty, 1970s concrete mess. He was partly correct, but by not being aware of that bldg's history (& of the hood's in general) he didn't take into consideration that guests often had been in short supply since the hotel was completed over 25 yrs ago. More important, he & everyone else may not have been aware that the non concrete, traditional niceness of the nearby Biltmore hadn't enabled its owners to do much better over the past 25 yrs either.
My feeling is if ppl forget these issues or aren't aware of them to begin with, they're far more liable to be like that former director of the CRA, who thought enough had been done to revive DT, & that a go-slow approach was AOK. To that I can only:
Originally Posted by LongBeachUrbanist
we can all see that the office market in DTLA was way overbuilt in the 90's, whereas the community/residential aspect was seriously neglected. This was largely due to the CRA's focus being in the wrong place.
But don't forget that it was only about 3 or 4 yrs ago that almost every investor or devlpr thought creating quality housing in DT was very risky or flatout unfeasible. In fact, I believe the CRA even gave a devlpr rights back in the early 1990s to add more apt bldgs south of what's now Disney Hall, but he never was able to go beyond just one apt tower.
Remember when GH Palmer put up his Medici apt bldg in 2001 or 2002? He was considered a daredevil at the time. Tom Gilmore and his OBD proj was seen as walking a tightrope, in a high wind, without the use of a safety net.
I know it wasn't that long ago that no one would build highrise apts or condos in DT because the psf rates for rent or sales prices couldn't be high enough to support that type of construction.