Curbed – On the Racked: Third Street Promenade Turns 25, LA’s Best Organization Stores, Anine Bing on West Third

August 30th, 2014

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SANTA MONICA: Third Street Promenade turns 25 years old next month. To toast its quarter-life anniversary, Racked shares before and after photos of the groundbreaking outdoor shopping center and reveals the Promenade’s KCRW-powered birthday plans.

CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s best organization stores. Highlights include the Original Farmers Market’s new Container Store, MUJI in Hollywood, and Poketo in DTLA.

BEVERLY GROVE: Danish designer Anine Bing has opened her first boutique on West Third Street. The former model’s debut store features timeless basics, boots, leather jackets and lingerie.
· Racked LA [Official Site]

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4 Sale – Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068, $499,000

August 29th, 2014

Vacant lot in Los Angeles, CA – 90068
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Video Interlude: Browse the Famous Sunset Strip Tower Records Back in 1971

August 29th, 2014

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[Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection]

Though there’s no hard-and-fast demolition date for the Sunset Strip building that housed the most famous Tower Records, its days are likely numbered, as a developer has been trying to get a huge retail project built on the site for years now and West Hollywood has declined to landmark the building. Tower hasn’t occupied the space since 2006 (when the company went bankrupt and the store closed), but this footage of an average day in 1971 at Tower Records, from Dangerous Minds (via LAObserved) brings us all the way back to its salad days (in 1974, Guinness named it “largest record store in the world”). Shot by Sacramento City College professor Darrell Forney, this video is a time capsule that takes viewers back to the days when LPs were king, they cost about $ 3, and everyone was allowed to smoke inside.

There’s also this perfectly preserved Tower Records flashback, an ad for the store starring none other than John Lennon, and reportedly filmed during a 1974 in-studio appearance at KHJ. In the promo, he tells listeners that Tower is the “largest record store in the known world” and promises they’ll find “more rock LPs than you ever thought existed.” While Lennon’s announcement plays, a montage of old ads for the store (as well as shots from the previous video) streams across the screen. Thanks to these, we can remember Tower Records in its yellow and red prime instead of as the weird, out-of-place, white building it is today.


· FANTASTIC FOOTAGE DOCUMENTING THE TOWER RECORDS SHOPPING EXPERIENCE OF 1971 [Dangerous Minds]
· John Lennon for Tower Records on the strip (video) [LAO]
· Flagship Tower Records On The Strip Won’t Be Landmarked [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 1503 W 68th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047, $285,000 2 beds, 1 bath

August 29th, 2014

940 sqft, 2 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – 90047
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Eatertastings: All the Restos at New Las Vegas SLS, Culver City’s WildCraft Grows Up, LA’s Most Underrated Restaurants

August 29th, 2014

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[Image by Wonho Frank Lee]

LAS VEGAS: The former Sahara hotel and casino is now the SLS Las Vegas, which is making a run for all that trendy Cosmopolitan money. The property hopes to make LA locals comfortable with an outpost of 800 Degrees, which features a hip, nightclubby design. Other SLS restaurants include similar LA favorites like Cleo, Katsuya, and Griddle Cafe.

CULVER CITY: Speaking of pizza, WildCraft has ditched its casual pizzeria vibe and gone more formal following a renovation. The menu is now more focused on Northern Italian food and the dining room sports a more sophisticated vibe.

ALL OVER: We hear enough about Providence, Gjelina, and Animal, but what about the restaurants that don’t get their due? Eater’s list of the 20 most underrated restaurants includes worthy eateries like SaMo’s Mercado, DTLA’s Colori Kitchen, and Osteria Mamma near Larchmont.
· Eater LA [Official Site]

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Curbed – High Desert Hijinks: Lancaster Wants to Close Train Station to Keep Homeless Out

August 28th, 2014

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[Image via Metrolink; sign via Mega Pixel / Shutterstock]

Lancaster officials say there’s been a huge influx of homeless people to their Antelope Valley city lately, so what do they think is the best response? Closing the Metrolink commuter rail station, which they believe “Downtown Los Angeles” is using to ferry homeless people into Lancaster, according to the Antelope Valley Times. A report earlier this year found that there are more homeless people coming to Lancaster, but most were from the area, had friends or family in the city, or at least “have found Lancaster on their own as a clean and peaceful alternative to life in the big city.” But now Lancaster officials insist someone in LA is buying individuals tickets to Lancaster, though no hard evidence of that exists. Regardless, the city’s public safety manager said at a city council meeting this week that during one day he encountered “over 67 individual that were coming here [via Metrolink] for transitory services.”

Lancaster’s bombastic mayor, R. Rex Parris, says he wants the train station—the last stop on the Antelope Valley line that connects to DTLA—shut down “today.” No, a mayor can’t just order a commuter train station serving thousands of people closed because he believes homeless are using it to access services, the city attorney reminded him.

While Lancaster’s proposal is crazy, there is no question the city is being hit with a heavy financial burden when it comes to providing homeless services. But rather than ask for more funding from Sacramento, the mayor, vice mayor, and councilmembers are all in agreement that shutting down the station is the best response. As the city attorney pointed out, Lancaster would need to perform several analyses and study the environmental impacts before the Metrolink station was shuttered.
· Lancaster mulls closing Metrolink station to stop outside poaching of homeless services [Antelope Valley Times]

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4 Sale – 1641 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006, $725,000 8 baths

August 28th, 2014

4809 sqft, 8 baths, investment in Los Angeles, CA – Mid City
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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