Does Los Angeles really need 2 downtowns?
Curbed reports on a new 45-story residential tower being planned for 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, which is great, if you’re a fan of L.A having two separate skylines.
I’m not an urban planner, but it seems that the continued vertical growth of Century City is holding us back from growing up into one true city. Aesthetics aside, without a Red or Purple Line Extension, this is going to make traffic on the Westside even worse. Which makes the 405 worse, and the 101, etc.
Why aren’t city planners controlling the density in Los Angeles? Shouldn’t we be going vertical in Downtown first, filling it out and then fanning out from there? With projects like this, we are creating several separate cities, with virtually no public transit system to support them.
Yet another reason for Westsiders to hate on ol’ Jack Weiss.
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