HIGHLAND PARK — With its colorful mosaics, planters and redwood benches, the York Boulevard Parklet turned a strip of the street into a curbside patio where pedestrians could sit and take in the scene. But the parklet has been fenced off since the end of July ... Read More »
Architecture & Urban Design
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 »
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 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 -- 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 -- 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?
HIGHLAND PARK -- Will the Highland Park Starbucks – aka “The Most Depressing Starbucks in America” – go from sad to fab? We will find out soon. The York Boulevard store was recently shut down for renovations designed to address some of the criticism that was directed at the outlet after it opened last summer.
Two hours? Three hours? The reopening tonight of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House has drawn huge crowds to Barnsdall Art Park, where the landmark home will remain open for 24 hours to celebrate the completion of a $4.75 million renovation.
ECHO PARK -- No mossy green or pastel peach for the Blackbird project. Painters have begun to spray on a coat of black paint on the townhouses that are expected to go on sale soon. But that black paint is not your common shade of black. It's a custom color designed by project architect Barbara Bestor, said developer Casey Lynch.
HIGHLAND PARK -- The neighborhood's first Starbucks - aka "The Most Depressing Starbucks in America" - is finally going to start seeing some of the changes the coffee store chain promised last summer after the outlet's design met with heavy criticism. Some residents have expressed their impatience by the lack of change at the York Boulevard outlet, a former hamburger stand that was converted into a drive-thru Starbucks last summer.