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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Architecture & Urban Design

Can a “freeway cap” make Belvedere Park whole again?

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East Los Angeles – A large chunk of Belvedere Park was lost and the park cut in two when the 60 (Pomona) Freeway was built more than 50 years ago. Echo Park was also chopped in two by a freeway, the 101, and the 5 Freeway looms over a section of Hollenbeck Park Lake. How to undo this damage? In the case of Belevedere Park, the idea of building a “freeway cap” to help reconnect the northern and southern portions of the park has been floated in a county planning document called the East L.A. 3rd Street Specific Plan. Read More »

Mid-Century Eagle Rock office building selling for $8.2 million

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EAGLE ROCK — Eagle Rock does not have much in the way of large, Mid-Century commercial buildings. That’s why the three-story, 30,000-square-foot building office building at the corner of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Merton Avenue stands out. The former California Federal Savings building featured floor-to-ceiling windows, ... Read More »

Will the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion ever get built?

2004 rendering of transit pavilion created by SciArc students

GLASSELL PARK — It’s been a decade since neighborhood activists and SCI-Arc student architects came up with a plan to build several canopies to shelter bus riders who wait on a  traffic island bounded by San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard. The concept and plans ... Read More »

Boyle Heights vs. Highland Park: A tale of two Starbucks

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BOYLE HEIGHTS —  If the new Highland Park Starbucks is a depressing letdown, then perhaps the disappointed latte-lovers in search of more ambiance should visit the equally new Boyle Heights Starbucks. The two new stores, both of which opened last month, share a lot in common: ... Read More »

Fancy brickwork on York

HIGHLAND PARK —  While the design (or lack of) of the new Highland Park Starbucks has some calling for a boycott,  the renovation of the former Verdugo Pet Shop a few blocks away might be more promising. Some fancy brick work and what appears to be ... Read More »