Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Architecture & Urban Design

Silver Lake still waiting for its saddle sculpture


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?

Echo Park’s Blackbirds development living up to its name


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.

Makeover to begin soon for Highland Park’s “depressing” Starbucks

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.

Polka dots are back in fashion in Silver Lake

The polka dots return | Photo by Patrick Pascal

SILVER LAKE — Workers began painting the polka dot pattern across Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza – this week after after the dots went missing last April as part of repairs to the pavement at the pedestrian plaza. Patrick Pascal took photos of ... Read More »

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


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


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 »