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Re: Massive Mixed-Use Project in Downtown Los Angeles Looking Good

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  • Jym Dyer
    ... =v= There s a plan afoot to put a Gehry-designed basketball arena in the middle of Brooklyn, New York. (For those of you who know the area, it s at the
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 5, 2004
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      > Gehry's stuff is all over LA, since he lives here--there's
      > even a Gehry Kentucky Fried Chicken stand on an otherwise
      > bleak stretch of Western Ave. His stuff, though it strikes me
      > as shallow, fits in well in eclectic LA, and there's nothing
      > wrong with a bit of fun in architecture if it's not too
      > discordant within its context. Since this site would be
      > between the Gehry-designed Disney Hall and the Isozaki (I
      > believe) MOCA, and within eyeshot of the various red and blue
      > mirrored towers of downtown LA, mild wouldn't work.

      =v= There's a plan afoot to put a Gehry-designed basketball
      arena in the middle of Brooklyn, New York. (For those of you
      who know the area, it's at the intersection of Atlantic and
      Flatbush). The intersection already suffers from big box mall
      architecture, including a Gehryesque mall, all built by Bruce
      Ratner, the very same developer who stands to profit from the
      arena.

      =v= There are lively neighborhoods surrounding the intersection,
      but the intersection itself a huge big box dead zone, constantly
      jammed with traffic. The new arena would "blend right in," but
      that's not a particularly good thing.

      =v= What's especially maddening is that this intersection is
      a major transit stop, where several subway lines meet at a
      Long Island Rail Road terminus. There's a beautiful old subway
      entrance/newsstand that's been preserved, but it's only going
      to be a showpiece in the middle of the street, because it's now
      too dangerous for pedestrians to get to and from!

      =v= The arena is being billed as transit-oriented, due to its
      proximity to the subway and commuter rail, but gee whiz, they're
      adding an indoor parking garage with a few thousand spaces.
      (Which means, of course, a few thousand more cars.)

      =v= Of course, the blueprints and models don't show that many
      cars. But hey, they have lots of pretty mature trees!
      <_Jym_>
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