We knew Culver City was a hot spot in the gentrification-preservation-prettification inferno blazing through L.A. neighborhoods, but decorator utility boxes?
In a word, yes. After debuting its redeveloped Town Plaza in May 2003, site of the refurbished Culver Hotel and Pacific Theaters, the city's aesthetic brain trust got busy on metal units housing electric, telephone and traffic signal equipment in the plaza area. "They are an eyesore," says Christine Byers, the city's public art and historic preservation coordinator. Not anymore. Since October, several of said eyesores have been doubling as art pieces.