We were this close to calling an H&M rep and asking them for an exact date of opening. Of course we'd pretend to be from Teen Vogue so that they would respect and fear us, but alas we chickened out. Your questions and commentary for next week please, all sent to our email inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Los Angeles: So you want your H&M. Good news! Fall is almost here. The blanket term "Fall 2006" is being used to describe the opening dates of H&M stores in the Southland. One respondent via email says: "H&M [in Pasadena] is saying they're going to open early October." The rest will probably be around the same time. The H&M people will probably (assuredly) give us all a heads up via TV, radio, print, billboard and web adverts. Ad nauseum?
2) Culver City: Mar Vistan Pete in the comments tackles the corner of Washington Blvd and Centinela: "It appears that the Culver City Redevelopment Agency has bought both of these sites and is trying to pitch them to developers as separate mixed-use complexes of contemporary design. A similar project is planned for the CCRA site at Culver and Sawtelle. While the new developments are welcome, I just hope that the Washington Blvd/Centinela ones won't impact Taqueria Estilo México, which occupies a storefront just west of the southwest corner." An emailer send this link which shows some pencilled renderings (pictured above).
3) Theoretical Los Angeles: The answer to the cost/benefit prefab question gets some interesting responses about a return to LA's past use of bungalow courtyards. Pete, Miss Teresa and JoJo debate the merits and demerits of such a housing style in the comments. You people are some kind of wonderful.
More questions for next week please. Give us something really hard. Curbed co-editor Cary returns to town next week and we need to put him back to work immediately.