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Old 06-16-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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Redondo Beach hopes to recapture pier's glory days - latimes.com

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...8.photogallery

I remember going to a karaoke dive bar by the beach several years ago in Redondo Beach-is it still there?

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Seems like just yesterday they spent $$$ and hired Edward Carson Beall to redesign the pier. So much for that, I guess. Is it looking sad already?

Remember all the sea creatures stamped into the concrete, and the metal shade structures that were supposed to resemble sails? They looked pretty sharp the last time I was there and they were new--hard to believe it's time to redesign the pier again already.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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That area could definitely use the updating. With all the people who flock there on the weekends it almost certainly makes financial sense.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:12 AM
 
Location: South Korea
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I wonder if the glory days coincided with massive crowds of Asian families.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I used to live in Redondo , but haven't been to the pier in many years. I also thought a major upgrade was done to the pier recently, but I guess not.

"But wary of the legacy of unfulfilled promises and development blunders, they are proceeding with caution. The last major effort to revitalize the area was abandoned amid protest from locals who hold a fierce loyalty for a place once considered the jewel of the South Bay."

Does this mean they didn't redevelop it because of the protest from locals? Or the locals protested because they didn't redevelop it? ...
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I lived there in the early 90's and always loved to bike around the pier area and up to El Segundo and back. Loved the area and hope that they bring back the "glory days"!
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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I live in South Redondo now, just moved there three years ago. The plan they have is quite ambitious. But all of the locals say that they are cautious, because many plans have been laid in the past that never came to fruition.

I'll be watching. If it pans out like they say it will, it will transform the area. If it doesn't pan out, then...well, I guess it will be nothing new.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:35 PM
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Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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I like right by the pier so I've kept a watchful eye on the plans; if they pull it off (and I think they will, as the City now controls all of the property) it'll be a huge boon to the area. From what I can tell, the actual pier and buildings on it will remain unchanged.. it's the acres of ocean view parking lots, pier plaza (ghost town) and laughably dated boardwalk area that will be getting the most attention.

Oddly I've also noticed a few restaurants putting money into renovations even though they have been earmarked for demolition on all proposed maps (Joe's Crab Shack, Delzano's and Samba). My guess is that they aren't planning on going quietly.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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When I lived in L.A. from birth to age 13, my parents took me there (along with Ports O' Call in San Pedro) many times.

Then, I've gone to the Redondo Pier as an adult once or twice. I hope they completely rehaul this place. Keep us posted OP & when it's done, I'll return & see how I like the place!

They really need to revitalize that Ports O' Call too by the way.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Redondo Beach hopes to recapture pier's glory days - latimes.com

Revitalizing the Redondo Beach waterfront - latimes.com

I remember going to a karaoke dive bar by the beach several years ago in Redondo Beach-is it still there?
I stopped going there after it burned down in the 80s. I might return if they rebuild and make fun it again. Also, get rid of the "thugs just wanna have fun" element.
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