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Architecture & Urban Design

Artists raise concerns about completion of East L.A. mural project

Murals at former First Street Store in East Los Angeles nearly completed 8-12-2016 11-13-16 AM

EAST LOS ANGELES -- It’s been three years since a charter school planning to replace the former First Street Store with a new campus agreed agreed to preserve the tiled mural that adorned the front of the former department store. The new school recently welcomed its first students and the installation of the mural .... Read More »

New lights and artwork to shine on Temple Street

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HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN —  A project to improve pedestrian safety and beautify a stretch of Temple Street will get an artistic touch. Artist Roel Punzalan has won a design competition to include a decorative element to some of the 54 pedestrian lights that will be installed at bus ... Read More »

The columns of the Sixth Street Bridge are coming down

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — The giant columns that once supported the east end of the Sixth Street Bridge have been coming down, one by one, nearly four months after the demolition of the historic span began. Photographer Kevin Break, who has been chronicling the demolition, shared images ... Read More »

New parklet in the works for Highland Park

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HIGHLAND PARK — Things have  not go well for the York Boulevard parklet. Last July, a hit-and-run driver smashed into parklet’s benches and planters that had created a public gathering space on the 5000 block of York. The damaged parklet was fenced off for several months ... Read More »

L.A.’s other First Street Bridge prepares for change

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ECHO PARK —  The First Street Bridge that spans the L.A. River, connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown, is a grand structure and city historic landmark. That bridge reopened five years ago after an extensive renovation.  But there’s another, lesser known First Street Bridge that crosses over a tangle ... Read More »

Will the Silver Lake saddle ever get built?

Early rendering of Silver Lake saddle

SILVER LAKE —  City officials and community leaders were scheduled to gather this morning to dedicate more than $1 million in street improvements in Sunset Junction. But one of the highlights of that improvement project remains missing: a $125,000 public artwork in the shape of a ... Read More »

Think Outside The Box: Interior design ideas for new Eastside homes

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Multi-unit housing complexes are popping up all over the Eastside, with smaller, vertical spaces signaling a radical departure from the conventional floor plans found in typical Craftsman bungalows or Mid Century Modern homes found across the area. Some of the new homes that have been built are only 15-feet wide. Designing for and living in these small units requires not only a scaled-down mind-set for both owner and designer but also opportunities to discover new meanings for what a home is all about. Read More »

Jensen’s meets Jetsons

modern chandelier at Jensen's Recreation Center 6-1-2015 1-54-13 PM

ECHO PARK - A new, space-age-like chandelier now hangs over the lobby of the historic Jensen's Recreation Center on Sunset Boulevard. The new chandelier may not reflect the brick building's vintage style but it certainly does make for a fancy entrance.

East L.A. takes back the streets with parklets

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EAST LOS ANGELES -- Parklets - those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots - have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.

Highland Park gives Starbucks store a second shot

Remodeled Highland Park Starbucks 3-10-2015 3-55-14 AM

HIGHLAND PARK -- After Monica Alcaraz visited the neighborhood's newly opened Starbucks last summer, she left disappointed from the rather bare bones store. "It was not what I thought we were going to get," said Alcaraz of the York Boulevard outlet that was soon derided as the "most depressing Starbucks in America." But on Tuesday, Alcaraz, who is president of the neighborhood council, was back at the Highland Park store after it was remodeled in response to criticism. "It's a huge difference," said Alcaraz.

Silver Lake still waiting for its saddle sculpture

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SILVER LAKE -- City officials on broke ground this week on a $1.75 million Sunset Junction street improvement project that will repair broken curbs and sidewalks and add bump outs and bike racks. But what about that $125,000 public sculpture shaped like a saddle?