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Long Beach's Bright Connective Tissue

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Lately, the word "connective tissue" keeps popping up: A recent New York Times story referenced the term in a description of development going on in the area between the NYC's East Village and Lower East Side, and then we heard an architecture critic use the term last week. And while another architecture friend tells us that the term "connective tissue" is dated pretentious archi-speak, it would seem worth pointing out how Long Beach is considering the connective tissue in its efforts to bridge two areas. Long Beach officials plan to add lighting to "highlight the architectural features of buildings" along the area of Pine Avenue. City and business officials say the light installations will help better connect Pine Avenue to other parts of downtown, including the Pike at Rainbow Harbor." Not sure how energy-efficient it is, but hizzuh connectors! And tissues. [Press-Telegram]