Pershing Square Rehab Advances With Four Design Finalists
Jan05

Pershing Square Rehab Advances With Four Design Finalists


The contest to transform the city’s most over-used, under-maintained, and loved-to-death public space has reached another milepost. The number of firms competing to design a new Pershing Square has been whittled down from 54 to 10 to now just four teams.  This according to KCET television, since the Pershing Square Renewal web site hasn’t been updated in five months. Pershing Square is Los Angeles’ oldest park, and...

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Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom
Jan04

Brits Getting in on Downtown LA’s Boutique Hotel Boom


The boutique hotel trend continues apace in Downtown Los Angeles. The latest entry into the field is the British mini-chain Hoxton. Hoxton is a six-year-old brand that spans hotels, restaurants, retail, events, and seemingly whatever else strikes their fancy. On the surface it is the epitome of hipster exuberance.  But upon closer inspection, the hype is mostly tongue-in-cheek.  This is a high end brand that doesn’t take itself...

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Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex
Aug20

Third LA Area W Hotel Will Take Advantage Of Adjacent Entertainment Complex


A new W Hotel and mixed-use development is planned at the corner of St. Figueroa and 11th Street in downtown L.A. Starwood Hotels and Hazels Real Estate Group announced the plans for what will be the area’s third W Hotel. The hotel will be known as W Los Angeles Downtown. It will be located in a mixed-use development area across from the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex (home to Microsoft Theatre, Club Microsoft, and ESPN Zone). Key...

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This is the Theme Park They’re Looking For
Aug15

This is the Theme Park They’re Looking For


A week after the Los Angeles Times sent the theme park, real estate and science fiction industries into a tizzy with speculation that the Disney company may add a Star Wars-themed section to Disneyland, Disney has sent those expectations even higher. At the D23 expo, Disney chairman and C.E.O. Bob Iger told the audience that his company would add Star Wars-themed areas to both Disneyland in Anaheim, and to Disney World in Orlando....

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Neighbor News: New Design For Proposed San Diego Stadium
Aug11

Neighbor News: New Design For Proposed San Diego Stadium


As the owners of the National Football League move closer to reaching a decision on moving one or more of their professional football teams to the Los Angeles market, the city of San Diego is finally making moves to save theirs. City and county leaders in San Diego have been criticized for not being vocal, quick, or concerned enough about the prospects of the Chargers moving to a proposed new stadium in Carson.  But today, as NFL...

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NFL Meeting Buoys Carson Joint Stadium Plan
Aug11

NFL Meeting Buoys Carson Joint Stadium Plan


At a meting of NFL team owners outside of Chicago today, the latest plans were presented to move the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers to a shared stadium in Carson, and by all accounts, the plan was received enthusiastically. Carmen Policy, a lawyer for the Carson Project, who was part of the meeting, said that he believed the team owners liked the plan to have two professional football teams share a new $1.6 billion stadium...

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Plan For New Koreatown Museum Raises Eyebrows
Jul24

Plan For New Koreatown Museum Raises Eyebrows


Museums and their host cities have a long tradition of trading land for virtually nothing.  Usually the rent new museums pay for municipal space is around $1 a month or a year or sometimes in perpetuity.   It’s a symbiotic relationship.  A struggling (usually) non-profit gets space for next to nothing, and the city gets a new cultural and tourist attraction at the site of a previously unused lot. But as we enter this strange new...

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Neighbor News: SFO Gets New 43-story Skyscraper
Jun23

Neighbor News: SFO Gets New 43-story Skyscraper


San Francisco’s SOMA district has been on fire lately, as developers and architects try to keep up with the demand for office and residential space in the city’s plasma-hot real estate market. The latest building announced for the San Francisco skyline is called the Park Tower.  It’s a 43-story blue glass tower designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners.  This is its first project in the city. The building...

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City Releases New Renderings of LA Convention Center Renovation
Jun19

City Releases New Renderings of LA Convention Center Renovation


The renovation of the Los Angeles Convention Center is going to be one of the largest municipal projects in the city’s recent history.  A year after the design competition opened, and after months of paperwork and review, the architecture team of HMC Architects and Populous was chosen to design the massive project.  Now, that project has new pictures. Mayor Eric Garcetti has released more than a dozen updated images of the...

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Neighbor News: Desert Tourist Trap to Let You Sleep Like an Alien Baby
May29

Neighbor News: Desert Tourist Trap to Let You Sleep Like an Alien Baby


If you’ve ever plied the I-15 north of Los Angeles into the Mojave Desert, you may have come across a nice little tourist trap called the Alien Beef Jerky Store.  It’s a small place where you can load up on oddly-themed sodas, dozens of kinds of dried beef products, and various Area 51-related tchochkies, even though Baker, California is almost 300 miles from Rachel, Nevada — the nearest town to Area 51. If you’ve...

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