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Century Plaza= Next Ambassador

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Well, someone had to draw the comparison. Variety managing editor Ted Johnson writes: "Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local politicians were all to ready to praise a developer's plans to demolish the Century Plaza Hotel for two new futuristic high rises.The history of the site seems lost on them. In fact, I'd say that the Century Plaza has been a late 20th century counterpart to the Ambassador Hotel, the 1920s era mid-Wilshire landmark that was razed just a few years ago despite a spirited protest among preservationists. If ever there was a place where show biz merged with politics, the Century Plaza has been it." More on the proposed hotel here. [Wilshire and Washington]