Mold problems at Boyle Heights arts center; Echo Park’s Blue Corn Quesadilla vendor

Atwater Village | daveedkapoor/Instagram

Atwater Village | daveedkapoor/Instagram

MOrning Report

  • Self-Help Graphics has been unable to use much of its new Boyle Heights art center for the past year following the discovery of mold in the former seafood processing plant. Boyle Heights Beat
  • A review  Echo Park’s Blue Corn Quesadilla cart. Eater L.A.

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  1. Yes, mold does indeed become a problem in 1980s stucco crapshacks like the one in which Self Helps Graphics resides.

    Stucco is completely permeable. Water goes right through it. The paper behind the stucco is what is supposed to wick the water away, but it’s nailed to cheap framing, and thus, full of holes. The system also keeps out air just enough to impede evaporation. So it should not surprise anyone that this cheapo system, which is optimized for the minimize skilled labor costs, leads to buildings just as dysfunctional and ugly as the increasingly short-sighted and idiotic society they betoken.

    So when you see all that new construction, like the Orsini, or the “Medici” remember, the masonry is fake and the rest of the cladding is essentially paper with a thin, sand and paint coating that will be covered in weep stains on the outside, and mold on the inside. 🙂

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