Monday, January 31, 2005

"the bleeding zebra"

The LA Times covers the eyesore that is 8500 melrose.

Among the better quotes:

"It represents everything I loathe about Los Angeles," says Daniel Schwartz, a longtime television producer who left town a few years ago but still vividly recalls 8500 Melrose Ave. "It's sort of a cross between Leni Riefenstahl and 'La Cage Aux Folles.'

"It's the 'Miami Vice' of buildings," says Paul Davidson.

"I'm surprised the Urth Caffe two blocks to the west hasn't asked them to get rid of it," says Davidson, who suggests the building be covered with a waterproof blue tarp or converted into a home for Don Johnson retrospectives. "They should give out special glasses to people who drive past it."

The building was dated even when it opened.

The LA Times seems to be fairly unequivocal in its hatred of the building - but I suspect they would be hard-pressed to find many supporters.


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