The best posts usually originate in our comments. To give appreciation to our amazing (and sometimes angry) commenters we feature their broad strokes of wisdom in a tidy comment roundup.
1) Neighborhood Changer #2: Adios, West Hollywood Carl's Jr "Yay! Strip malls suck the life out of way too many SoCal boulevards. It's always great to see a streetfront parking lot being replaced by a building that goes out to the property line. I hope the City of L.A. follows suit and passes an ordinance that would require new developments to place all parking either underneath or behind the building."
2) Downtown LA Is Necessary, But What About Bunker Hill... "I believe Castells' Bunker Hill Towers proposal is assuming some public subsidy to achieve affordability. I don't know if he's got the right building, but I certainly think there is something to the idea of converting some of the millions of units sitting vacant right now into housing that very low income people can comfortably afford. There are all kinds of opportunities given the economy right now (to "buy low") that should not be ignored. Divide up suburban homes to make them affordable duplexes, help workers re-open shuttered businesses as worker-owned cooperatives, buy land to bank for the next boom period, etc. Of course all of it (like the Towers) will take some public money, but that is not a bad thing in and of itself - if it creates economic activity and provides an important public goal. Now is the time to solve housing once and for all!"
3) Noise Lawsuit: Broadway Hollywood Wins, Sends S Bar Packing "this is a victory for urbanism...a city should be a vibrant and comfortable place for people of all age groups and personality types, not just loud boisterous hipsters! there are technologies to mitigate sound, so that various uses can be located adjacent to each other...it just doesn't sound like that was done in this case."