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CurbedWire: Raymond Renaissance Pricing, Is Downtown Necessary?

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[Undated photo of construction of Raymond Renaissance]

PASADENA: "The fights are long gone and the condos are ready," writes a reader, sending in the web site for the Raymond Renaissance, which has units priced from $655,000 to $1.45 million. For those just catching up, here's the backstory from the Pocketlist blog: "After 23 years of pushing to get the project through, the Georgian Revival Raymond Theatre in Old Pasadena will be converted into The Raymond Renaissance...A $45 million project consisting of 28 condominiums, 10 lofts, and retail geared to pull traffic away from the main Colorado Blvd. strip." [Curbed InBox]

DOWNTOWN: It was a good ride, but now it's time to say goodbye, downtown. Next week, REDCAT will play host to the discussion: "Does Los Angeles Need a Downtown?" Via the USC Annenberg web site: "In an age of digitally networked cities, regions, nations and international hubs, is there still value -- economic, social, political, cultural -- in central downtown districts?

"CalArts President Steven D. Lavine invites three of L.A.'s most influential urban thinkers to ponder this question in the first of a series of roundtable discussions on the evolving shape of urbanism in the City of Angels. The distinguished panelists are Manuel Castells, the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society and author of Society, The Information Age: Economy and Culture; Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and author of Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places; and Cecilia Estolano, CEO of the Community Redevelopment Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Free admission with USC ID. Presented by CalArts and ALOUD at Central Library as part of Talking City: L.A. Today and Tomorrow." [Curbed Inbox]