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Thursday, January 24, 2008

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JM, Wilshire Vermont: Ice Cold Urbanism, 1.23.08

Joseph Mailander
a guy in laelsewhereemail

The De La Hoya / Sears Building deal back on again? That's what we hear, and that's what the LA Biz Journal says, without reporting the real part of the deal. Civic seed money could approach $200 million---way more than for even Grand Avenue. The people in Oscar's corner played a little poker after the City balked on the other enormous project slated for the east side, the stem cell center.

Despite the efforts of the gents below, the former fishwrap of record puts out an editorial this morning in support of Proposition S. Basically, their editorial says, yes, there's been nothing but duplicity, but vote for it anyway. We have been saying for a long time now that the biggest problem at the paper is the way it snuggles up to elites while pissing off the City's ordinary citizens, and that the formula for running a beloved newspaper is precisely the opposite of that. Here's one more example: nobody wants Prop S once it's explained to them, but the paper stands on the side of the elites and their trickery.

Children left behind: the Bush administration would make cuts that would close the LAUSD's health centers, the Daily News says.

Red Tape Busters? The Valley now has its own 311 for the City, and it's not run by the City at all---it's run by VICA. Hey, whatever works. It took us about six years to get a street sign that was leaning like the flag in the Iwo Jima picture fixed. Somehow it was fixed the very day of the election in November 2006 in which Tom LaBonge became our Councilman again. Admittedly, I thought the angle was fairly jaunty. Maybe they should bring VICA across the hill.

Above is a photo of the ice cold faux urbanism going for $2000 a month in the faux-urban fun zone at Wilshire and Vermont. People who live in the neighborhood complain that nothing being built in the neighborhood is being built for them, that the new developments just reinforce rather than ease the City's missing rung on the housing ladder. Scroll below to see a photo of lux condos in the same neighborhood. Does it look like of the developments are going to be marketed to people who already live in LA?

Below, JM, Cell Phone ad / "Luxury" Condos, 1.23.08

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmm Vermont Wishire pic, looks alot like East Berlin, pre-wall tear down.

January 24, 2008 6:04 AM  

Anonymous Mr. Kim said:

Would a native ever consider a "luxury condo" is possible on the same block as a four-storey cellphone billboard? That signage is straight from Seoul. It cracks me up how you can't put more than a three foot fence in front of your residential property but you can put a four-storey billboard on any commercial strip you like.

It'll probably make money, but what are they building for people who actually live here, JM? Some of your yurts?

January 24, 2008 8:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can someone please tell me is Bill Clinton running for president or Hillary? You would think the way Bill is out there slamming Obama he's running. My take is if Hillary can't do her own campaigning and needs the lying, cheating, husband to do it for her why would anyone want that kind of sap in the White House? WE DON'T

January 24, 2008 8:54 AM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Good for OScar and his group of investors, in this ecomomy any retail venture is going to be risky and if a negotiating ploy will save the investors money then I guess it's good business.
By the way Hockey Burger just down the street not only has great food and atmosphere (the owner is a boxing fanatic and promoter) many boxing and hockey photos and the films he shows once in awhile are classic.
HOckey Burger nw corner of Washington and Soto.
And once in a while you can find Oscar and some of the movers and shakers from the eastside having a pastrami there.

January 24, 2008 9:25 AM  

Anonymous Mr Kim the architect said:

The bildinga at korner vermont and wilshere is berry ugreey bilding.

Me say poo poo to the architect of ugreey bilding at vermont and wilshire , me design very nice bildings. lol, lol

January 24, 2008 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Jethro said:

Mr. Kim the architect,

I agree with you about the ugly building at the corner of Vermont and Wilshire. I have seen double wide trailers which look nicer than that ugly building.

Even my mama's old trailer looks better that that urban-fun, ugly ass apartment building.

I might even go to Hockey Burger and have a pastrami sandwich with Oscar DeLaHoya, I understand Oscar wants to lose another fight to Floyd Mayweather. You berry funny man Mr Kim the architect. lol

January 24, 2008 11:30 AM  

Anonymous diesel death zone refugee said:

Is that plywood over the windows on the ground floor, or are they just covered up with tasteful brown paper?

Mixed use? What a joke. LOL

January 24, 2008 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Rumor is Oscar Del La Hoya is also getting in the development of the 20 story Wyvenwood lofts. They are going to kick out all those residents (5,000) to make luxury homes for the rich.

go Obama...you don't need an ex- president doing your campaigning the people are supporting you. Bill Clinton needs to sit his ass down and stay out of the fray and stop attacking Obama for his wife. If she can't stand up for herself it shows what a weak ass loser she is.

January 24, 2008 12:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

CNSNews.com) - A group that lobbies for needle exchanges, for allowing more immigrants with HIV/AIDS to legally enter the country, and for condom distribution in prisons received a $303,000 federal earmark pushed by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).

That was one of 261 earmarks Clinton personally helped usher through Congress. That's more earmarks than any other member of Congress seeking the presidency, according to an analysis by the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

January 24, 2008 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Are you saying all those sureno gang members in Californai prisons are having sex?

That is just too disgusting!!!!

January 24, 2008 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look at the losers coming out for Hillary on SAturday. Roybal Allard hasn't done shit for her Latino community but give money to gang banger programs like Homeboy and is always out of her district. Didnt' the LA Slimes do a huge corrupt hit piece on the United Farm Workers last year of all the family member embezzling money and not doing a damn thing for the farmers. Will dumb ass Hillary say "si se pueda" like a dip shit again.

January 24, 2008 2:33 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd's legal team said:

looks like legal medical pot is history:

SAN FRANCISCO - Employers can fire workers who use medical marijuana even if it was legally recommended by a doctor, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday, dealing the state another setback in its standoff with federal law enforcement.

in a nutshell they said what we've always always said: State or municipal law can never truly be valid if it conflicts with a federal law to the contrary.

get ready for all the gay marriage folks to be fired next: its the exact same argument. just watch.

if state pot laws are invalid in the Supreme Court then gay marriage also violates federal law.

people intending to enter a gay marriage should be well aware of the legal disadvantage you will always face.

January 24, 2008 4:42 PM  

Anonymous chico said:

Homeboy is bigger in Chinatown than in Boyle Heights these days.

January 24, 2008 4:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wilshire and Vermont???? Are you kidding?????

I grew up in Fremont Park...decades ago...when it was gorgeous. Mid Wilshire was fabulous...Bullocks' Wilshire with the carriage entrance; I. Magnin; Perrino's, The Brown Derby...etc.

My ins. agent is still on Wilshire near Normandie...and I CRINGE whenever I have to drive thru that third world ghetto. This is the Asian version of Tijuana. And Western and Wilshire is Tijuana.

Going a little eastward, I had to go to the Gift Show at the Convention Center, and it's shocking to see the ghetto surrounding LA Live, Staples, etc.




January 24, 2008 4:58 PM  

Anonymous matt dowd's P.R. said:

Matt Dowd's 2nd music video of the day "Hey Antonio"

a parody on the mayor to Hey Joe.

the first was the YES on PROP S video

had to update the page, these are the links.

January 24, 2008 5:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:58, I live there and it's not the Third World? Tell us, have you ever traveled to the Third World? Apparently not. You are a douchebag!

January 25, 2008 12:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's enough histrionics 4:58 pm. Those neighborhoods are fine. You must be one of those people who live with bars on your windows.

January 25, 2008 6:52 PM  

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