Los Angeles Grows Up
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Los Angeles is historically horizontal, but it's becoming increasingly vertical with a host of new projects going up from downtown to Santa Monica. So-called “smart growth" dictates that high-rise workspace and housing -are the only ways to accommodate increased growth within defined city limits. A sampling of our listeners shows that most want the towers to stay downtown or, maybe, in Century City, because this is a land of great views and open spaces. The last thing they think we need is “Manhattanization." We hear from them and from experts with different opinions about urbanization and the end of sprawl.
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Banner image: View of Los Angeles' downtown skyline, including the planned Wilshire Grand tower (3rd L). Courtesy AC Martin
The character and the landscape of Los Angeles is undergoing a transformation. Many large building projects, on hold since the Great Recession, are not just back on the drawing boards but under construction. We used the Public Insight Network to ask our listeners how they feel about that. We also hear from designers, builders and architectural writers.
This story was informed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network, to find out more visit our website, http://www.kcrw.com/insight. Special thanks, also, to Caroline Chamberlain for production assistance.
- David Martin: AC Martin
- Annie Kelly: decorator and design writer
- Bill Fulton: Smart Growth America, @MayorFulton
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
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