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CurbedWire: Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Swim In


[Image of Copa Townlofts from Blackburn and Sweetzer]


LOS ANGELES - Silly reader, we don't need confirmation for more grocery store rumors! One public radio-loving tipster wrote in to let us know America isn't taking the Tesco invasion lying down. No, we're throwing our own organic, upscale supermarkets right back at them: "Heard on KCRW this morning that Whole Foods is opening up a big store in a London department store building with plans to open like another 30 more locations in UK. Taking the Tesco battle to their home turf! British food is probably hell of expensive already so they won't even flinch at Whole Foods prices maybe! And weak dollar! Yeah Whole Foods! I have no confirmation for this story whatsoever other than hearing it on KCRW and I don't remember if you guys already blogged about it. What can I say, I'm a lazy reader..." Then we're a good match since we're lazy bloggers. Ok, so we do know how to use Google and the first Whole Foods in the UK opens on Wednesday in High Street Kensington. Cheerio! [CurbedWire Inbox]

WEST HOLLYWOOD - Blackburn and Sweetzer takes a tour of the Copa Townlofts, list price $1.1-$1.5 million. B&S's take: Who the eff would spend over one million dollars on a townloft? What the eff is a townloft? We have to agree. Even Johnny Drama was able to get a condo with amazing views and a Viking kitchen in the 90210 for that price. TV wouldn't lie to us, would it? [Blackburn and Sweetzer]

SANTA MONICA/VENICE/MALIBU - A bit too late for Memorial Day beach-goers, but the NY Times reports on the incredibly icky stuff swimming in our water: "historic counts of bacteria from fecal matter and other sources that can cause skin rashes, ear infections and gastrointestinal ailments." And the NY Times suggests the water is not only harmful to humans but to creatures great and small, including a couple of dead sea lions. We don't know what all this complaining is about. Try going for a swim in Rockaway Beach in NY, then tell us whose fecal matter you'd prefer. [NY Times]