CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1988 |
Since moving many years ago to the downtown neighborhood of this college community, I have watched an ever-fragile Main Street shopping area gradually wilt under the hammering competition of malls and cut-rate department stores at the city's outskirts. Now the City Council has warmly embraced a proposal that would bring more foot traffic to downtown by erecting high-rise, multi-use buildings a block west of the modest one- and two-story shops.
May 22, 2010 |
The four-mile stretch of land adjacent to the Los Angeles River in the city's downtown is rife with deteriorating buildings, crumbling sidewalks and potholed streets. But a cleanup crew and the presence of creative, green-minded businesses could freshen up the strip and help transform it into a major clean technology district, a panel of land use experts said Friday. The city's much-touted plan to turn the dilapidating industrial area into the proposed CleanTech Corridor got a boost when 10 land use and real estate professionals from the nonprofit Urban Land Institute unveiled their recommendations for revitalizing the area.
January 26, 2014 |
I've read recently with a sense of deja vu - and dread - about the efforts of Los Angeles and Pasadena to build denser housing in downtown areas and make their streets more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. Santa Monica, where I live, was an early adopter of this "urban village" concept. The result? My beachside community's downtown core works fine for those who can afford to live there. They can walk from their $4,000-a-month studio apartments in the hip center of town to their choice of half a dozen coffee joints, and they can pick up the latest fashions on the way so they'll look good when they get there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997 |
Nestled in rolling hills dotted with prickly pear and other desert brush, architect Paolo Soleri's vision of the future provides a slice of heaven for some who dwell in his experimental Arcosanti. They live like bees in a concrete hive growing slowly but steadily on basalt cliffs that have been terraced to hold their eventual source of food and heat: greenhouses.
October 27, 1985
The Mervyn's department store chain has leased 50,000 square feet in the $9-million Lincoln Distribution Center recently completed on a 22.95-acre site at 8858 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga. The project, developed in a joint venture by Lincoln Property Co. and Aetna Life & Casualty Co., was built by Breton Construction Inc., Irvine, and features two one-story buildings of 164,975 and 143,524 square feet, each with office and warehouse space.