Downtown LA's Gentrification Gelee
- Good article by architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Quotes:
> It helps that this part of Spring Street has maintained most of itsLink:
> historic architecture, unlike the many parts of downtown where the
> flow of buildings along a sidewalk is interrupted by a series of
> parking lots. The stock of mid-rise buildings -- and the width of
> the street, narrow enough to dash across quickly to say hello to
> friends on the other side -- serves to bottle up the energy of the
> street and keep it contained.
> In at least one way, downtown is starting to resemble a miniature
> version of Los Angeles as a whole. It is a vast canvas dominated by
> forlorn stretches with too many cars, parking lots, garages and
> unfortunate pieces of inward-looking architecture. And tucked away
> inside that vast territory are remarkable deposits of culture.
> What's different and compelling about downtown is that these
> deposits are separated by mere blocks instead of several miles -- a
> distance that can easily be navigated on foot or on a bike.
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