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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013
Streetcar timeline 2006 - Idea for project raised by redevelopment agency 2010 - Cost estimate set at $100 million to $125 million 2012 - New estimate of $125 million includes buffer 2012 - 72.9% of downtown voters approve tax district February 2013 - City transportation agency requests new estimate September 2013 - City Council learns cost could be $327.8 million
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March 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
MARCH 24 Evgeny Kissin Every recital by this introverted Russian pianist with a godlike touch and the ability to breathe fire onto the keyboard is eagerly anticipated. But his first appearance in Walt Disney Concert Hall was more so than most. On Oct. 28, 2003, Kissin, then 32, had the honor of giving the first solo recital in the new hall, which was five days old. Kissin was back five years later, and it will have been another five for his third Disney recital. Much has changed.
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OPINION
December 7, 2012
Re "L.A.'s retro line," Dec. 5 The rebuilding of a streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles is the type of old-school solution that will help remake the area into a modern city. While some of the streetcar critics' arguments have merit, there is no chance people will park their cars and choose public transportation if there is not a convenient alternative. The streetcar line would provide that option. Matthew Chebatoris Los Angeles This is a terrible idea.
OPINION
October 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Downtown Los Angeles has been transformed with restaurants and shops, lofts and parks, and the idea of adding a streetcar to the mix is appealing. Though modern in design, the proposed streetcar would be an homage of sorts to the trolley system that once spanned Los Angeles. As conceived by a nonprofit group and the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and championed by City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area, the streetcar would glide along a four-mile path through the heart of downtown, a chunk of that route down Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Building a proposed streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles may cost more than twice the original estimate, an adjustment that raises serious questions about the project's funding and future. The original estimate to build the Broadway streetcar line, about $125 million, did not include the cost of utility work, such as moving power lines. That could add up to $166 million, according to a recent city report, and other costs could rise by $28 million to $37 million. The funding gap of almost $200 million must be resolved before officials apply for federal transportation grants, which could total up to $75 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1990
I'm fit to be tied over Ray Loynd's Sept. 17 review of the LAAT's "almost flawless" production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." The flaw as Loynd squints to see it is the "beautifully played" performances by Neva Ruschell and Lance Nichols as the upstairs neighbors, which (to him) represent "tinkering" with the untinkerable author because "blacks wouldn't be running in and out of the Kowalskis' flat in 1947 New Orleans." This is outright racist hogwash. Williams says nothing about the racial composition of Stanley's friends and neighbors who live "at the end of the trolley line."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012 | By David Ng
The new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams'"A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Broadhurst Theatre has one thing that distinguishes it from its predecessor productions -- it's performed by a cast of mostly African American actors. Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker portray Stanley (first name only) and Blanche Du Bois in Williams' hot-house drama set in the French Quarter of New Orleans.Daphne Rubin-Vega plays the long-suffering Stella and Wood Harris plays Mitch. Emily Mann, who is the artistic director the McCarter Theatre Company in New Jersey, directed the production.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2006
Oct. 5, 1908: A "tall, well-built woman of stylish mode, wearing rimless spectacles and carrying a sunshade" attacked a conductor after the Pico Heights streetcar on which she was riding went past her stop, The Times reported. She claimed that the conductor hadn't called the street, even though he had, The Times said. She kept complaining, blocking the aisle, until he tried to push her aside so passengers could get off at Pico Boulevard and Westlake Avenue.
OPINION
October 29, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Downtown Los Angeles has been transformed with restaurants and shops, lofts and parks, and the idea of adding a streetcar to the mix is appealing. Though modern in design, the proposed streetcar would be an homage of sorts to the trolley system that once spanned Los Angeles. As conceived by a nonprofit group and the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and championed by City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents the area, the streetcar would glide along a four-mile path through the heart of downtown, a chunk of that route down Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
In a city that is often derided for its lack for public transportation, downtown L.A. is the one exception. The city center has light-rail lines, a subway, a maze of bus routes and shuttles, links to commuter rail and even a tiny funicular that trudges up and down Bunker Hill. But many residents and developers say that it can still be difficult to get around the far-flung city center without a car. So urban planners and downtown boosters have spent considerable time on what may have once been considered impossible: creating a truly car-optional neighborhood in the center of a region defined by its car culture.
OPINION
October 26, 2013
Re "Nobelist created economic models," Obituary, Oct. 22 Your recent obituary on Lawrence Klein, who won the Nobel Price in economics in 1980 for developing computer-based models that assist policymakers in forecasting economic fluctuations, failed to mention that he was a graduate of Los Angeles City College. As a one-time administrator at the college, about 10 years ago, I invited Klein to attend an alumni event to honor him for his achievements. He accepted and was very gracious, I remember, in recalling how the college's mathematics department and classes helped set him on his future road to success.
OPINION
October 26, 2013
It would be four miles long, serve downtown L.A. and cost "only" $125 million. Or, at least, that's what area residents and businesses were told. It turns out that the electrified trolley that downtown voters last year agreed to tax themselves in order to fund might cost more. As in upward of 100% more - and staff members in City Hall suspected as much before voters gave their OK to the project, according to a Times article Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the revelation that the streetcar project may actually cost about $327 million didn't sit well with readers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013
Streetcar timeline 2006 - Idea for project raised by redevelopment agency 2010 - Cost estimate set at $100 million to $125 million 2012 - New estimate of $125 million includes buffer 2012 - 72.9% of downtown voters approve tax district February 2013 - City transportation agency requests new estimate September 2013 - City Council learns cost could be $327.8 million
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
When downtown voters agreed last winter to bring back the Los Angeles streetcar, the campaign pitch sounded simple: a $125-million trolley through the heart of the central city, with funding split between federal grants and a new property tax. Inside City Hall, however, staff members had been quietly warning that the project's price tag was not a detailed estimate and could rise, a Times review of city memos, emails and meeting notes has found....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Building a proposed streetcar line in downtown Los Angeles may cost more than twice the original estimate, an adjustment that raises serious questions about the project's funding and future. The original estimate to build the Broadway streetcar line, about $125 million, did not include the cost of utility work, such as moving power lines. That could add up to $166 million, according to a recent city report, and other costs could rise by $28 million to $37 million. The funding gap of almost $200 million must be resolved before officials apply for federal transportation grants, which could total up to $75 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Renée Fleming will return to Los Angeles Opera later this season in a production of André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," which is scheduled to run for three performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 18, 21 and 24, 2014. The production will mark the first time that Fleming has performed in an opera for the company since her 2006 role in "La Traviata. " (She has appeared in recitals for L.A. Opera in the interim.) Fleming, who plays Blanche DuBois in the adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, first performed in the role in 1998 at San Francisco Opera.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - New Yorker drama critic John Lahr set off a social media firestorm in December with a blog comment that called for a moratorium on those "infernal all-black productions of Tennessee Williams plays unless we can have their equal in folly: all-white productions of August Wilson. " The theater community, as viewed from my portal on Facebook, found the comparison not just inept but inflammatory. Emily Mann, who happens to be directing the multiracial Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" starring Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker that opens later this month at the Broadhurst Theatre, however, refused to take the bait when we spoke during a rehearsal break in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
Voting will conclude Monday in a special election on a streetcar proposal in downtown Los Angeles. The proposal before downtown residents calls for an assessment district to be created to help finance the $125-million project. If it receives the two-thirds majority required to pass, planning would move forward, with completion scheduled in 2015. Supporters of the streetcar say it would bring a fresh wave of economic development to downtown. Its proposed route covers 10 blocks of Broadway - where the city is working to revive old movie palaces and vacant office buildings - before veering over toward L.A. Live and then up through the financial district.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
One of the joys for a theater critic of watching Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" is the chance to see Cate Blanchett take another crack at Blanche DuBois, a role that won her much acclaim in the touring Sydney Theatre Company production of "A Streetcar Named Desire. " The film, Allen's best in years, has been described as a cross between Tennessee Williams' masterpiece and a Bernie Madoff-like tale, with Blanchett portraying Jasmine, the fancy Upper East Side wife of a crooked New York businessman thrown in jail for fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Once there was a little boy who rode Henry Huntington's trolleys. He was 4 when he first took a Yellow Car all by himself, along Vermont Avenue to nursery school. His mother handed him off to the motorman and said he was going to the end of the line. Now that little boy is 88, his mother and the trolleys long gone. PHOTOS: Los Angeles' Pacific Electric Red Cars So is his grandfather's Rialto orange grove, where he was sent to help weed come summer. So are the horse-drawn wagons that used to deliver his morning milk.
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