Posts Tagged ‘Street’

Curbed – DevelopmentWatch: Developers Wanted for Historic Core’s Dreary South Spring Street

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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One of the most dreadful wastes of space in the Historic Core could be filled in with a new skyscraper, reports Brigham Yen. A Downtown real estate broker is marketing the parking lot at the northwest corner of Eighth and Spring to developers, hoping they will construct something big—the picture is an imaginary rendering as no developer is attached at the moment. New Downtown Brokerage is offering entitlements that expire in four years but can be extended another two; in the marketing brochure for the space, the 39,000 square foot parking lot is described as “one of the last remaining development sites in Downtown Los Angeles” (considering DTLA’s innumerable surface parking lots, that claim is a laugh). Even though The Chapman Lofts and Terroni are steps away, this part of Spring is pretty much a wasteland, especially compared to a few blocks north, an area that teems with restaurants, bars, and street life.
· Downtown LA Parking Lot Next to Chapman Lofts at 8th/Spring Looking for High-Rise Developer [BY]

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Curbed – Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: Eighth and San Pedro Street in Downtown

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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[Before and after images via Los Angeles Public Library photo collection]

Ron Cole, you’ve done it again, giving us not just the intersection seen in yesterday’s Cornerspotter, but also the dang address! This is 783 S. San Pedro St., at Eighth Street, roughly between the Warehouse and Fashion Districts. The spot was a flophouse, then a parking lot sometime in the late 1950s, and it remains a parking lot today, although with the recent demand for Downtown housing (which has already claimed so many parking lots), one has to wonder if this spot might become housing again one day soon. (Hopefully nicer, safer housing than it was back then.)

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· Hint: Where Was This Shanty-Turned-Parking-Lot in the 1950s? [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: The 15 Los Angeles Streets That Need the Most Repair Work

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

LA City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander have a plan to get the money needed to fix LA’s craggy streets and dangerously damaged sidewalks and it’s similar to a lot of other plans to fix things around here: pass a measure that would increase the sales tax to 9.5 percent. (A study released about three weeks ago had suggested that upping the sales tax would be the best way to generate $ 4.5 billion for street and sidewalk repair.) Officials presented the Save Our Streets Los Angeles Ballot Measure publicly for the first time yesterday via an easily digestible PowerPoint that makes the case that, since the gas tax is not yielding enough money to fund the extensive repairs the city’s roads and walkways need (damn you, more efficient cars!), the money’s going to have to come from somewhere, unless of course you want to keep hitting potholes and tripping on busted sidewalks. Where are the fixes most needed? Of the 15 streets that are going to get the most repairs (above), Sepulveda Boulevard tops the list, needing big-time help along a non-continuous 109 miles, followed by Van Nuys Boulevard, which will need about 60 miles repaired.

· Los Angeles leaders lay out plan for sales-tax hike to fix streets, sidewalks [DB]
· Save Our Streets LA PowerPoint presentation [SOSLA]
· Study: Sales Tax Best Bet For Fixing LA’s Awful Streets/Sidewalks [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Weekend Linkage: Marathon Street Closures, Country Club in Neighbor Dispute

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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[Eagle Rock, Canopy. Photo by Ron Burch/ Curbed LA flickr pool]

· LA Marathon: Don’t forget, road closures all over the place [abc7]
· USC Architecture’s Alvin Huang lauded for work [USC News]
· RealtyTrac adds sex-offender, toxic dump data to listings [Inman]
· LA Country Club in spat with neighbor over giant fence [golf digest]
· Inside the Kardashian’s fake home in Fryman Canyon [Examiner]
· Illegal home additions ordered demolished in La Cañada [Valley Sun]
· Survey: Car sharing is taking 500k cars off the road [Co.Exist]

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The Real Estalker – Word on the Celebrity Real Estate Street…

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

…is that hellion hip hop pop star Justin Bieber has done sold his mansion in The Oaks, an upscale and celebrity-approved guard-gated community in Calabasas, CA. The buyer was reported by gossip juggernaut TMZ to be soon-to-be-divorced reality television staple Khloe Kardashian, who, in case anyone cares, popped up as a celebrity judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race this week.

Good grief, children, do any of these Kardashian women ever to anything that isn’t an obvious and calculated attempt to curry attention from all the gossip glossies, celebrity-centric blogs and property gossips? No. They really don’t go in much for that sort of thing, do they? Listen, Khloe Kardashian, you go on with your rich, badass self and snatch up all the multi-million dollar houses you want. Indeed, spend six or so million of your clams for The Beebs crib, one of the most infamous and over-publicized houses in all of Calabasas. But, gurl, if you don’t think this cynical property gossip isn’t on to your blatant, multi-million dollar real estate attempt to remain tits up, ass out and face forward in the tabloid media, well, you must think you’re dealing with a moe-ron.

Anyways, at this point this burgeoning celebrity real estate brouhaha is all just rumor and gossip so we really can’t say if soon to be ex-Missus Odom bought the property or how much she paid for the 9,214 square foot Spanish hacienda style mansion that The Beebs bought, much to the later chagrin of some of his neighbors, in April 2012 for $ 6.5 million.

Of course, The Beebs may have made alterations to the interiors but old digital listing details Your Mama dug up on the internets show that at the time of his purchase the 1.28 acre spread had a two-story main house with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, half a dozen fireplaces, and two three car garages. A spacious, self-contained one bedroom and one bathroom casita near the swimming pool has—or had—a kitchen and a fireplace in the living room.

The Kardashian clan mostly kongregate in the hot as Hades far western suburbs of Los Angeles. Kimmie K. and her grimly pretentious baby daddy, Kanye West, are all set to move to a $ 9 million macmansion situated so far on the edge of Bel Air it might as well be in Encino. Momma Kardashian (and whichever of her Brady Bunch litter that still lives with her) resides in a decadently decorated house in the affluent equestrian-oriented Hidden Hills community and Khloe K.’s older sister, Kourtney, and her douchebaggy baby daddy, Scott Disick, are the peeps who paid upwards of $ 8.4 million for Keyshawn Johnson’s 11,000+ square foot mansion in Calabasas that happens to be just around the corner from the house The Beebs allegedly sold to Khloe K for an as yet unknown amount of dinero.

It’s been widely reported by celebrity and celebrity property gossips that young, tatted and erratic Mister Bieber—holed up on the spaceship-like Atlanta residence of music producer Dallas Austin— is looking for more isolated if no less luxurious digs around Thousand Oaks, CA, and Atlanta, GA.

aerial photo: Pacific Coast News
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Curbed – Street Art: Trendiest Mattress Store in LA Covered in Famous Street Art

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Before this Beverly Grove storefront shilled mattresses, a reader writes, it was the Michael Kohn Gallery, where street artist RETNA, “a graffiti artist who’d made the leap to bad boy of the respected art world,” had covered the entire façade of the building with “beautiful silver ‘runes’– his signature graffiti-style written language” as part of his show there. The runes stayed up as other shows came and went, and, eventually, even after the gallery itself left the building and was replaced by something more plebeian. What we’re left with now is the most cultured mattress store this city has ever seen, shimmering with metallic embellishment. There’s no estimate on how much the art covering the building is worth, but a 24-by-18-inch piece by RETNA starts at $ 1,800 on the art auction site artnet, so we’re guessing the value of this Ortho store is sky-high.

· Eastern Realm (Grey), 2014 [Artnet]

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Curbed – Eatertastings: Fancy Coffee For DTLA’s Primrose Building, Vine Street Sangria, Win a Santa Barbara Restaurant

Friday, February 21st, 2014

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FASHION DISTRICT: The adorable Primrose Design building on South Spring is filling up with Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters this summer. The shop will take up 1,800 square feet of groundfloor space, and a juice place and a restaurant architect are also moving into the building.

HOLLYWOOD: Vine Street gentrification creeps southward with news that a bar devoted to Peruvian sangria is moving into an old psychic’s space. The bar comes from the owners of next door’s Los Balcones, the Peruvian eatery that just got a big makeover.

SANTA BARBARA: The crazy couple that owns Pace Food + Drink on State Street is giving away their restaurant. The couple’s sons aren’t interested in taking over, so they’re asking that those with interest pay $ 500 and submit a YouTube video explaining why they should inherit Pace. Winners will get one year of rent for free, $ 20k for expenses, plus mentoring from one of the owners.
· Eater LA [Official Site]

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