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Many Shapes of the Downtown Ritz, A Little Holiday Poem

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Happy holidays, readers! Back on Monday to guide you into the new year. Merry, merry.

DOWNTOWN: The Gensler-designed Ritz-Carlton in downtown is nearing completion, and the building looks very different from different angles. And from this viewpoint, you can see how it expands at the top like a cobra snake. Another angle, but here it's flat as an ice cube tray. Looking forward to getting to know you more in 2010, Ritz! [Curbed Staff]

LOS ANGELES: Real estate agent and blogger Phyllis Harb has busted out a little holiday poem called "Twas the Night Before Christmas (Real Estate Style)." Points for "Now Roofer, Now Seismic, Now Painter & Pool." [Phyllis's RE Blog]