Los Angeles Has a New Skyscraper King
Mar08

Los Angeles Has a New Skyscraper King


  It’s not very often that you have to re-write the list of Los Angeles’ tallest skyscrapers.  But today is one of those days. The Wilshire Grand Plaza is now officially the tallest building in Los Angeles, California, and the western United States.  Earlier today it topped out at 1.099 feet, meaning that when it is completed, it will be the ninth-tallest building in the nation, behind four skyscrapers in Chicago and...

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U.S. Bank Tower’s New Plan to Make You Fudge Your Huggies
Mar03

U.S. Bank Tower’s New Plan to Make You Fudge Your Huggies


It’s hard to think of a skyscraper with a more robust history of unfriendliness. For years, the U.S. Bank Tower has cultivated a culture of open hostility toward anyone who dared admire its striking presence. The Internet is full of hundreds of reports from disgruntled tourists who were admonished, chased away, and even threatened by its security staff for gazing too long at the building. The “guards” have no problem...

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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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L.A. To Get A Sky-High Observation Deck At U.S. Bank Tower
Jul27

L.A. To Get A Sky-High Observation Deck At U.S. Bank Tower


Griffith Park is getting some competition for a high-level view of the Los Angeles Area. Tourists will soon be able to take in 360-degree views of metropolitan Los Angeles from an observation deck, bar and restaurant atop the tallest building in the West. U.S. Bank Tower, the 72-story structure at 633 W. Fifth Street downtown, will get a new rooftop complex, known as Skyspace L.A. It’s part of a $50 million overhaul of the...

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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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Grumpy Old Men Still Pushing for Wilshire/Koreatown High Rise
May25

Grumpy Old Men Still Pushing for Wilshire/Koreatown High Rise


Last week’s scoop by Urbanize LA is likely to make news again this week. For years, developer Colony Holidings has been trying to build a residential tower at the corner of Eighth and Catalina (805 South Catalina to be exact).  But it’s been repeatedly rebuffed by city planning and zoning officials because the building is dramatically out of scale compared to the rest of the neighborhood. The original plan was for 35...

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