but it helps to place what's going on in dt in the fullest context possible. So consider how much of south pk still is a jumble of parking lots & dilapidated warehouse type bldgs....& that type of setting extends far beyond just that one section of dt. iow, there are lots & lots of spaces throughout the hood, & beyond the fwys of dt, that need to be filled in & fixed up. There's no shortage of areas in dt that continue to greatly....even desperately....need TLC. The very deeply embedded grittiness, or even poverty, in the heart of LA is one reason why I think that our dt, unlike the cores of NYC or SF, will never run the risk of becoming overly gentrified.
that's why it also helps to place things in the context of what's going on in other cities. for one thing, the amt of new highrise devlpt even in nimbyized SF is amazing. There's an unspoken competition for which city is growing & changing, at least in a good way, the fastest on the west coast or all over the US. So LA....or in terms of dtla....is barely out of the starting gate & has a lot of catching up to do.
It seems like it was just a few months ago that the highrise condo tower that's 2nd to the left in this pic, & originally described as the tallest residential bldg in Calif, was standing all by itself in one section of SF. omg! where did the even taller bldg shown to its left come from!?
Look at all the new devlpt....all the cranes....in a city that LA has traditionally been compared with....negatively. Is the architecture there all that different from, or any better than, what's proposed for the land across from the convention ctr? I don't know....SF is starting to remind me of vancouver south. While it doesn't have twin towers, it does have new highrises that are obviously knock offs of one another....or owned by the same devlpr.
It bothers me that wilshire grand really could have been truly the tallest new bldg in the western US, taller than what I believe is now under construction in SF. But due to a lack of demand for office space in dtla, it had to turn to the use of a purely decorative mast at its top to achieve that claim. I also thought that with WG & the metropolis proj under way, along with the onni tower, that dtla was really booming in terms of highrise construction. Now after looking at pics of SF, I have to tell myself: wait a minute....hold the praise.