Friday, November 18, 2005

new preservation fight

after the losing battle to save the ambassador hotel, the latimes turns its attention to a new preservation controversy brewing. the ambassador hotel, where bobby kennedy was killed, was a difficult fight - pitting preservationists against LAUSD. the hotel wasnt supposed to be razed for greedy developers to build a megamall of more gaps and starbucks, or luxury condos for the millionaires priced out of beverly hills. so this new preservation battle, over simple one-story ranch homes in west LA, is smaller in scale but underscores more clearly where preservation efforts are headed. and the bad guy isn't well-meaning school administrators in need of more space to relieve overcrowding - this time it is developers, salivating over the possibility of developing denser housing on the site to exploit rising home values in the neighborhood. unfortunately, getting these homes declared a historic-cultural monument hasn't been a breeze:

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission recently voted 3 to 2 against declaring the Westdale Village apartment complex a historic-cultural monument.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents Mar Vista, is attempting to push the monument designation through the City Council. The council is expected to decide the matter next week after hearing a committee's recommendation.


At 1:14 AM, Blogger Zach Behrens said...

I live on a street in Sherman Oaks that has these beautiful 1950s/60s garden apartments against the LA River. The car port architecture lends itself to houses built on stilts in South Carolina in Charleston Sea Islands. They are pretty out of this world to me. My building was also just bought and I hope their intention is not to rebuild.


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