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June 9, 1997
For a commission that's supposed to help preserve what little architectural culture Los Angeles has left to unanimously vote to demolish a unique historical landmark seems preposterous (May 29). The main argument, that the former Van de Kamp's bakery is "in very bad shape" according to Mary George, Cultural Heritage Commission president, seems equally incredible, judging by the fact that the facade, roof and walls are all intact. She states that northeast L.A. "needs the jobs"--the mantra of the '90s.
April 2, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Some residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were gunned down at an elementary school in December 2012, want the shooter's family home demolished and replaced by a park, according to a survey. The survey by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of about 1,600 residents found that the trauma of the tragedy remained a costly and complex condition to resolve for survivors, hundreds of first responders and the families of those killed by Adam Lanza.
February 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Orange County's smallest city may be forced to demolish a filthy home deemed unfit for habitation. The Villa Park City Council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on whether to declare the house across from an elementary school a public nuisance. It's been red-tagged. Code enforcement officers found severe buildup of household debris, cat feces and food, dirt, dust and cobwebs in the home. Homeowner Mary Maloney was hospitalized earlier this month, and her son Kevin said his elderly mother was unable to maintain the home.
March 15, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Nearly a decade ago, Enrique Ramirez welcomed the opening of a light-rail station in Little Tokyo, just a quick walk from his Mexican seafood restaurant. The Metro Gold Line station delivered a steady stream of customers to Senor Fish, especially on weekends. But now, with the region's rail system expanding again, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pushing him out. On Saturday, Senor Fish abandoned its location at the corner of 1st and Alameda streets. And later this year, Metro is set to demolish the property's two brick buildings, which are located across the street from the Japanese American National Museum and have played an important role in the cultural life of the neighborhood for decades.
September 2, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Hidden Springs Cafe, a haven for bikers, a coffee stop for commuters and a home to owner Jim Lewis and his family, has been consumed by the wildfire raging through the Angeles National Forest, authorities confirmed Tuesday. "It was completely razed," said Tom Zeulner, information officer for the Station fire. "The fire's burning so intensely that everything is consumed." On Tuesday, Zeulner said, an inspection team went to the punch bowl-shaped canyon where the beloved cafe once stood and discovered that all area buildings had burned to the ground.
May 1, 2008
Hollywood Hotel: The Jacket Copy column in Sunday's Calendar section said that the Hollywood Hotel was torn down in the 1960s. It was razed in August 1956.
October 26, 2006
Re "Initiative Could Undermine Bond Issues," Oct. 18 After mulling over this article and reading it for the third time, I can only conclude that too many entities in the state have little or no regard for personal property. Should we not receive market value for our homes or businesses when the state, county or city determines that the property will make it more money if it is razed for a big-box store or is in the way of freeway expansion? SALLY GRAVES West Covina
June 6, 2009
Re Christopher Hawthorne's commentary on Century City ["A Landmark of '60s L.A. Attitude," June 1], I watched the development take shape in the mid-1960s. Two things were immediately obvious: The buildings were all boring (except for the Fox Tower, which came later), and area planners were in collusion with valet parking companies to gouge the driving public. Even today, there's almost no place to park in Century City without paying outrageous fees. Given the development's pro-business, anti-people orientation, it's hard to be upset when a specific building is razed or altered.
August 3, 1992 | LESLIE KNOWLTON
On May 17, 1987, Gene Ackley was carried by friends from a sea of wine bottles in a Gardena motel room to the safe harbor of a Costa Mesa white clapboard house. There--with the help of fellow alcoholics at Charlie Street, a free 10-day program run entirely by volunteers--he came off a three-week blackout bender into the beginning of a new life.
The sound of dirt bikes buzzing like chain saws is rare now. Visions of knobby tires spraying mud, and sun-tanned fans and television cameras at every jump and every turn are faded images. The glory days at Carlsbad Raceway, once the Mecca of the motocross racing world, are over. Oh, the dirt bikes run there from time to time.
February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A local parking commission has voted to support a controversial city effort to tear down a home and turn it into a parking lot in Long Beach's upscale Belmont Shore neighborhood, over the protests of residents. Parking has been a contentious issue for decades in the community, where residents vie for space with visitors who come for the shops and nightspots along a densely-packed 14-block stretch of 2nd Street. "I don't think there's a single solution to our parking problem," said Bill Lorbeer, a commissioner who also owns commercial and residential property in the neighborhood.
January 9, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The Museum of Modern Art, chasing new square footage less than a decade after its last major expansion opened to the public, has confirmed controversial plans to demolish the former home of the American Folk Art Museum, its neighbor on West 53 rd Street in Manhattan. After a six-month review of a proposed expansion led by the New York architecture firm Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, designers of a museum for Eli Broad that will open later this year on Los Angeles' Bunker Hill, MoMA announced Wednesday it has no practical choice but to raze the Folk Art structure.
January 9, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The idea of treating murder as entertainment isn't at all new. Roman coliseums and Aztec ball courts witnessed plenty of blood. But the horror-action film "Raze" makes the idea feel rather modern, even urgent. Perhaps that's because director Josh C. Waller's self-assured debut coincides with the reign of the "Hunger Games" franchise. In fact, the unrelenting, fist-into-skull violence in "Raze" boasts all the realism missing from the PG-13 series while featuring a slew of young, athletic women, any of whom could be a cousin of Katniss.
January 4, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
The front-end loader swung to the right and took a bite out of the shingled roof of the quaint cottage. The roar of the engine and crackle of buckling lumber carried down Elm Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Within 40 minutes, a demolition crew reduced the 1950s one-story to rubble. The 782-square-foot house would be replaced by a 3,300-square-foot Cape Cod. "It feels exactly like the good old days," said the property's developer, Mike Leonard. Those days of booming demolition and construction came during last decade's housing bubble.
November 5, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
HOUSTON - Forget Monticello or the Chrysler building: There may be no piece of architecture more quintessentially American than the Astrodome. Widely copied after it opened in 1965, it perfectly embodies postwar U.S. culture in its brash combination of Space Age glamour, broad-shouldered scale and total climate control. It also offers a key case study in how modern architecture treated the natural world - and how radically the balance of power in that relationship has shifted over the last half-century.
June 13, 2013 | Jenny Deam
The wind-whipped Black Forest fire continued to burn out of control Wednesday night, devouring thousands of brittle acres, destroying nearly 100 homes and forcing as many as 9,500 people to flee, some leaving with only the clothes on their backs. No deaths have been confirmed, but authorities now say one person has been reported missing. "We are throwing everything at it we can," a weary-sounding Terry Maketa, El Paso County sheriff, said at a late-afternoon news conference. As he spoke, air tankers circled overhead and smoke stung eyes and throats as far away as suburban Denver.
A small green park on the Strand in Manhattan Beach is dedicated to international brotherhood these days, but it began as a beach resort for black Angelenos that was destroyed by racism in the 1920s. In its heyday during the 1910s and '20s, the resort was called Bruces' Beach. It offered ocean breezes, bathhouses, outdoor sports, dining and dancing to hundreds of African Americans who craved a taste of Southern California's good life. Now the oasis is called Parque Culiacan.
June 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.
June 3, 2013 | By Bradley Zint
A onetime Army barracks that was later dedicated to those who served in World War II is slated to be demolished to make room for the expansion of a popular Orange County concert venue. The Memorial Gardens Building is scheduled to be demolished later this year to clear space for a new entrance plaza to the renovated Pacific Amphitheatre at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. "For a lot of us, it's very sad," said Bob Palazzola, president of the Costa Mesa Historical Society.
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