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Old 06-16-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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Basically you just like sky scrapers and want to look at a skyline that looks like NYC. That's the actual discussion we are having here. It's got nothing to do with anything real.

Architects could (have) built some pretty interesting things in LA but if they aren't sky scrapers jammed next to one another you aren't going to appreciate it. Those things happen when there is no place to go but UP. I could be wrong but I'm thinking earthquakes and the large expanse of land may be one of the reasons LA didn't evolve that way.
Other quake prone cities to buildings better.

And I just said downtown. Fill up the empty lots. Tear up strip malls that are stuck in the 80's.
I see most of LA going vertical with mid rise buildings more than all high rise.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Skyscrapers are nice and all, but not if they're sitting empty, which is what new buildings would be doing in this economy. There's very little need for more office space in this City. Plenty of vacancy already. I know that doesn't sound "sexy" but it's the reality, and skyscrapers are entities built by private companies who need to generate profits in order to eat.

But I definitely agree with (and have made the same point in other threads) the sentiment that LA's major problems are fixable, whereas other cities' aren't. It takes money to solve problems though, so in the short term, I think if LA could expedite these two issues, we'd be good:

1. Metro rail projects (Expo extension to SM, Purple Line extension, Regional connector)
2. An NFL team at Farmers Field in Downtown (laugh if you must, but the lack of a team makes LA a punchline to many other cities, it's like the one big thing that they have over us, and we can't argue that)
With all due respect, its a punchline only to small-minded morons. The fact LA has refused to bend over for yet another billionaire to rob us of our dignity and our money is something to be proud of, and something cities like Houston and St Louis can't claim.

Jacksonville has an NFL team. Who gives a ****?
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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How does a city LA's size match up to Brickell in Miami or Downtown Chicago? or other large cities with a true urban core? The answer is, it doesn't.
i will agree that DTLA doesnt match up to Chicago, but Miami, man you guys make me laugh, DTLA absolutely destroys Miami my friend.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Come on, people! Take away all of the awesomeness of LA and what's left?

Let's be real here!
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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i will agree that DTLA doesnt match up to Chicago, but Miami, man you guys make me laugh, DTLA absolutely destroys Miami my friend.
Brickell's nice -- a sort of tropical financial/consulate area with some beautiful hotels and restaurants -- but much of downtown Miami is not that impressive. And Miami's light rail system isn't as extensive as LA's.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:22 PM
 
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bro, seriously? a neighborhood's culture of poverty, crime, and gang violence isn't culture. .. . and yes, bring the chain stores, the shopping malls, the coffee houses, etc.
More places for me to spend my money and be seeen
My neighborhood still has it's strong latino culture. We got a Mexican Restraunt, murals, and other family owned places nearby.

Seeing them all replaced by starbucks and CVS would be sad.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Manhattanization is a terrible idea. LA can still be great without one. Prime examples of great cities without supertalls are London and Paris.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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L.A offers a great amount of things, however it is lacking in one VERY important aspect that makes a city a TRUE city and that is being urban and dense in the downtown area. Think Chicago, Miami, Manhattan. Imagine having walkability and a dense urban lifestyle without having to rely on your car so much in LA? Everything you need at your finger tips, everything brought to life. LA does OFFER a lot, I am NOT talking it's surrounding areas, I am talking PURELY about the city itself the downtown area has a lot of potential and can be GREAT if only it was manhattanized
One very important aspect it has is the exit door. Feel free to use it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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By only reading the title and none of the thread I have one word to say: No
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Anaheim
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Los Angeles has two MAJOR problems that NYC doesn't:

1. Bar closing time at 2am
2. Metro trains stop running around midnight

These are colossal problems that can easily be fixed!
Those aren't colossal problems for a vast majority of the population of LA.
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