Giant Paper Airplanes to Sail Over Olive Court
Apr01

Giant Paper Airplanes to Sail Over Olive Court


If you’ve ever stared out the window of a hermetically-sealed skyscraper office and wondered just how far a paper airplane could sail from this height, you’re not alone in your fantasy.  But until skyscrapers with opening windows become a thing in Los Angeles, you’ll have to settle for Grand Park. That’s where nearly a dozen out-scaled “paper” airplanes will be erected this June as part of a...

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Judge Sides With Long Beach Lungs Over L.A. Lines
Mar31

Judge Sides With Long Beach Lungs Over L.A. Lines


A half-billion dollar rail yard for the Port of Los Angeles is stalled on a siding after a judge ruled its environmental impact study didn’t adequately address air quality in the city of Long Beach, just next door. The port approved plans to build a 185-acre BNSF rail yard on the edge of the city of Long Beach.  The Southern California International Gateway would have connected the port directly to BNSF’s new Alameda...

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First Cost Overruns for California’s Unbuilt Bullet Trains Arrive
Mar28

First Cost Overruns for California’s Unbuilt Bullet Trains Arrive


  In a surprise to absolutely no one, there are now predictions that the total cost of the first phase of California’s bullet train system will exceed estimates. The first segment of the first phase, about 29 miles long, is already under construction between Avenue 17 in Madera County and East American Avenue in Fresno County.  According to the Los Angeles Times, changes requested after the start of construction by...

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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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Sheats-Goldstein House Becomes Part of LACMA
Feb17

Sheats-Goldstein House Becomes Part of LACMA


When architecture tourists visit other cities, they’re often dazzled by the forests of skyscrapers.  Los Angeles is a different beast. Sure, there’s the iconic downtown core.  But for the most part, this city’s built wonders are of smaller scale, and more design-focused. L.A. is a virtual petting zoo of domestic architecture.  From bungalows to Mid-century modern, there are exemplary specimens almost every style of...

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Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line Gets Help From Boring Harriet
Feb01

Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line Gets Help From Boring Harriet


Today, an earth boring machine dubbed “Harriet” was lowered into position to begin drilling tunnels linking three underground stations on the city’s new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. Harriet will dig links between the Expo/Crenshaw station, the Martin Luther King Jr. station, and the Leimert Park Stations. It’s part of Los Angeles’ two billion dollar project connecting the big airport, the Green Line, and...

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L.A. Gets an NFL Team. Now How About That Stadium?
Jan12

L.A. Gets an NFL Team. Now How About That Stadium?


There was, quite literally, dancing in the streets today when the National Football League owners association granted Los Angeles a professional football team.  A “previously loved” team, as the used car dealers say.  But at least it’s the Rams, a familiar name in these parts.  The somewhat itinerant team started in Cleveland, and matured in L.A. for the better part of a half-century.  Now after 20 years of sewing...

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Disneyland’s Star Wars-Land Update Contains Zero Star Wars
Jan12

Disneyland’s Star Wars-Land Update Contains Zero Star Wars


It’s been a week or so since certain attractions at Disneyland were shut down for the construction of the mouse’s new Star Wars-themed section.  Like many other people, I found myself in long lines for the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twin Riverboat and other rides to get one last taste of them before they went away, either temporarily or permanently. Some attractions are going bye-bye to make room for Han Solo, Chewbacca,...

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NFL Owners to Decide LA Stadium Proposals This Week… Or Not
Jan11

NFL Owners to Decide LA Stadium Proposals This Week… Or Not


Like a grade school crush who strings you along for attention and lunch money, the NFL owners association will meet once again this week once again to maybe, or maybe not, make a decision about whether or not to grant Los Angeles the privilege of an NFL football team. And it’s not even a new football team that the nation’s second-largest city is going hat-in-hand begging for.  Three second-hand teams from San Diego,...

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