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Old 06-14-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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Of course, you are welcome to your opinion.
However, there are those of us who would very much prefer that Los Angeles learn from cities like NYC and Chicago by NOT DOING what they did. We appreciate and enjoy the differences that Los Angeles offers. If we lose what Los Angeles has to offer , where can we replace it?
Others can always go to NYC or Chicago to find filth, overcrowding, bland concrete buildings, lack of sunlight, minimal green spaces, no ocean, severe income disparity, nanny mayors, etc.
FWIW, I have been to the top of the World Trade Center and the Empire State building, and worked in Manhattan for many years and still prefer the view and surroundings of Griffith Park, WeHo, Santa Monica, etc. and even Downtown as it is.
I understand. We still will cruise the boulevards, we still will have palm trees, sunlight, and beaches.

And bland buildings? I think LA is one of the worse offenders here, but I blame the 70's and 80's architecture and the LAFD for that. It's a good thing that the buildings line up nicely though with the U.S. bank in the middle.

NYC is beautiful, aswell as Chicago. It looks amazing.
As far as skyscrapers go, L.A. can use more. And only to fill in the parking lots. LA already has a skyline, and I think it deserves some recognition for it. Afterall, L.A. has just about any type of area you can think of. Might as well have a mini Manhattan included. Then there is filling in the Wilshire corridor aswell. I just think L.A. has alot of potential to rival other cities in that aspect.

Car culture isn't bad. Who doesn't like cars? But we need to be more moderate.

What NYC does right:

Transit and walkability.

Implement these in LA, then you got more people walking, meaning a rise in better health, less smog, less antisocial people, less traffic on the streets and freeways, less accidents, even less of that whole class divide between who owns a car and who doesn't. You dont have to feel poor not owning a car. Owning a car should be an option in a city.

No matter what, LA will always be L.A.

Even if it gets crowded with sky scrapers, it would still be L.A because much of it would still by what NYC isn't. A warm climate with beaches, taco vendors, in and out, palm trees and mountains.

My biggest gripe about L.A. is Hollywood. I dont hate it but I hate that it doesn't really respect the city of L.A.

Watch on youtube "Los Angeles Plays Itself" and you will see what I mean.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It's not about trying to copy NY or Chicago. It's just about seeing the views from LA's tallest bldg. I'm sure the views are awesome. Quite a few cities have it in their tallest dt structures, why can't LA?
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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It's not about trying to copy NY or Chicago. It's just about seeing the views from LA's tallest bldg. I'm sure the views are awesome. Quite a few cities have it in their tallest dt structures, why can't LA?
I guess lets hold out hope for the Wilshire Grand - I believe they are going to start construction very soon, so exciting!

When I lived in Boston they constructed a new tower along the waterfront where I worked... Watching a highrise get built slowly but surely is almost as awesome as enjoying it after it is completed!
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Perhaps the U.S. Bank building was built for the specific purpose of conducting business and commerce, and not tours.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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the Wilshire grand hopefully LA's tallest at 70 floors will not have an observation deck but even better it wil have the hotel lobby, infinity pool, and bars/Restraunts on the top floor with breathtaking view. Observation decks do have beautiful views but thats all about it.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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One thing to remember is that Los Angeles is in the top ten cities in the us by number of skyscrapers, they just aren't all in one area. Also a city ordinance which made it impossible to build high rises in the Hollywood District was just removed. So LA is increasing the number of skyscrapers, but there will still be enough land area to make sure we don't get dominated by skyscrapers. Best of both worlds + the ocean = Unbeatable.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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One thing to remember is that Los Angeles is in the top ten cities in the us by number of skyscrapers, they just aren't all in one area. Also a city ordinance which made it impossible to build high rises in the Hollywood District was just removed. So LA is increasing the number of skyscrapers, but there will still be enough land area to make sure we don't get dominated by skyscrapers. Best of both worlds + the ocean = Unbeatable.
According to Skyscraperpage LA is only third in the nation only down to NVY and Chicago in number of Skyscrapers.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I knew it was up there, wasn't sure the exact number.

Thank you, Jorge.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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One thing to remember is that Los Angeles is in the top ten cities in the us by number of skyscrapers, they just aren't all in one area. Also a city ordinance which made it impossible to build high rises in the Hollywood District was just removed. So LA is increasing the number of skyscrapers, but there will still be enough land area to make sure we don't get dominated by skyscrapers. Best of both worlds + the ocean = Unbeatable.
Heh?

There are already skyscrapers here and have been for some time.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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the Wilshire grand hopefully LA's tallest at 70 floors will not have an observation deck but even better it wil have the hotel lobby, infinity pool, and bars/Restraunts on the top floor with breathtaking view. Observation decks do have beautiful views but thats all about it.
My only gripe about it is how simple the shape is. I wish I had setbacks like the US Bank.

Gonna be alittle sad to see the US bank lose it's place in the skyline.
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