Curbed – Local Landmarks: Stunning Reversal in the Battle to Run the Greek Theatre

January 27th, 2015

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Things got dramatic at today’s meeting of the LA City Council Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River Committee, where councilmembers debated which private firm they want to see take control of the Greek Theatre. This battle over a concessions contract has been unusually bitter and heated, with LA Live owner AEG going in with long-time operator Nederlander (of the Pantages Theatre) to fight newcomer/juggernaut Live Nation. The Board of Commissioners for the Department of Recreation and Parks recommended back in October that Live Nation take over, but the City Council and relevant committees still have to give its input, and today, in an unexpected reversal, the Arts, Parks, etc. committee denied Live Nation and embraced Nederlander/AEG, according to releases from both AEG and Live Nation. There were reportedly hundreds of people at the meeting, many in color-coded shirts in support of their team.

Both camps have very dedicated advocates. Nederlander’s been running the Greek for 39 years, and many of the residents who live in the expensibe houses close to the venue are freaked out about what fresh hell some new promoter might bring—super-loud music? A spike in jettisoned condoms in the area?—so they’ve thrown in their lot with Nederlander and AEG. Live Nation, though, has promised to lavish more money on upgrades to the 1929 open-air theater and performance space, including replacing some terraces in the theater with newer, more earthquake-resistant ones.

“We remain confident that the full City Council will be guided by the merits of our proposal – not the political strong-arm tactics of our opponent,” Live Nation says in a statement, sort of hinting at the high tensions in the bid for the contract to run the Greek. The ball is now in the full City Council’s court, although the ultimate decision will have to get the ok from the mayor too. Nederlander’s current contract runs through October.
· Mega-Promoter Live Nation Picked to Take Over the Greek [Curbed LA]
· See the Competing Upgrade Plans for the Greek Theatre [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 5821 David Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034, $649,000 3 beds, 2 baths

January 26th, 2015

1236 sqft, 3 beds, 2 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Palms
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Curbed – PreservationWatch: Should LA Save a Beautiful Symbol of a Terrible LAPD?

January 26th, 2015

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[Still from Inherent Vice]

Downtown LA’s Parker Center, the long-time home of the LAPD, has been headed toward demolition for about a year now (the police moved to new headquarters nearby in 2009), but now preservationists are making an eleventh-hour attempt to, at the very least, buy some time for the building. Los Angeles’s Cultural Heritage Commission is expected to vote this week to nominate the building for Historic-Cultural Monument status, which would not definitively save it from the wrecking ball, but would at least put a demolition on hold during the process, says the Downtown News. (It’s not common for the CHC to nominate a structure itself—usually suggestions come from outside the agency.) The building, designed by Welton Becket and built in 1955, is a beautiful example of Mid-Century Modernism, but also a symbol of the LAPD at its civil-rights-violating worst (see its intimidating appearance in the recent Inherent Vice).

The city still hasn’t officially decided what to do with Parker, but public agencies have recommended they demolish the old building to make way for a 27-story tower; approvals for that project were supposed to be debated this May, but the HCM nomination will likely mess with that timeline.

Parker definitely meets all the requirements for a city landmark, as it’s considered a great example of Becket’s work and was a state-of-the art facility when it opened. The eight-story structure also features original artworks, including a large, beautiful lobby mosaic, and became widely famous after being used in the TV show Dragnet. It’s also notable for its connection to some of the most difficult times in LAPD history: it was one of the first places where people gathered en masse to protest the 1992 decision not to convict officers who were filmed beating Rodney King, and its namesake William H. Parker has been called, in the same breath, “a godfather of modern policing” and a man whose “legacy is clouded by the negative influence he had on race relations” in Los Angeles.

The LAPD moved into its headquarters just a few months after the end of a nine-year consent decree that went into place after the Rampart Division misconduct scandal of the 1990s (in which officers were convicted of beatings, framings, robbery, and more). The deal with the US Department of Justice required the force to make a number of civil rights reforms and, during the same period, then-Chief William Bratton put an emphasis on rehabilitating the force’s reputation among Angelenos. The new headquarters were symbolic of a new era in the LAPD, and the Parker is a symbol of a tainted past. (Not that the force doesn’t still have problems.)

If the Parker Center receives Historic-Cultural Monument status, it could still be demolished. But the decision to do so, or even to renovate the building, would have to be reviewed by the Cultural Heritage Commission; that could tack on an extra year to the process as Los Angeles debates whether it should hold onto this piece of its history or try to forget it.

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[Image via HunterKerhart.com]
· Plan to Raze Parker Center Draws Opposition [DN]
· DTLA’s Parker Center Will Likely Fall, Be Replaced by Tower [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Rent Check: Rent a Fabulous Vintage Apartment in Hollywood for $2,350

January 26th, 2015

Currently adding a nice dash of pizazz to the List of Craig is a one-bedroom apartment in a lovely complex from the early days of Hollywood, 1922 to be exact. Among its many appealing qualities: a working fireplace with gorgeous carved mantel, an elaborately carved archway, hardwood floors, French doors, period sconces, a bounty of built-ins, separate living and dining rooms, and a washer and dryer. Per the posting, the pet-friendly unit also comes with its own “individual enclosed parking garage.” Located on Argyle Avenue north of Franklin, it’s available for $ 2,350/month.

· $ 2350 / 1br – 1 bed/1bath one of a kind large 1920s apt. [Craigslist]

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4 Sale – 10289 Bannockburn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90064, $1,599,000 6 beds, 4 baths

January 26th, 2015

3150 sqft, 6 beds, 4 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Cheviot Hills
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Curbed – Weekend Open House: Mid-Century Fixer in Franklin Hills Asking $799k

January 25th, 2015

Open House: Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 between 1 PM – 4 PM

3761 Tracy St, Los Feliz

Price: $ 799,000
Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 2.5 baths
Floor Area: 2,461 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Amazing mid-century fixer home in Prime Los Feliz! At last, here’s your client’s opportunity to make it their own! Enjoy the expansive, open floor plan, boasting post and soaring beam ceilings, hardwood floors and natural light. Home features a lrg library/den, and a well-integrated kitchen & dining area. 3 BR up, large 4th BR (suite)/office downstairs. Walls of glass open onto a large patio on this large street-to-street lot. Located close to boutiques, restaurants, Gelson’s, Trader Joe’s and major freeways.”

It’s hard to get a good read from the listing photos whether this 60-year-old post and beam is a diamond in the rough, or a cubic zirconia. Either way, it’s priced to sell quickly, and will likely fetch more than the $ 799,000 asking price.

· 3761 Tracy St [Redfin]

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4 Sale – 3655 2nd Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018, $562,000 3 beds, 2 baths

January 25th, 2015

1408 sqft, 3 beds, 2 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Leimert Park
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