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CurbedWire: New Subway Canopies, Massage Parlor Getting It

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LOS ANGELES: Thanks to $6.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 dollars, Los Angeles will see "the installation of canopies at several Metro Red Line escalator entrances," Metro spokesman Dave Sotero tells us, adding the canopies will help passenger safety and protect escalator machinery from exposure, among other things. Five canopies will be installed: Downtown's Civic Center and Pershing Square stations will get two (there's more than one entrance/exit to some of the stations), while Koreatown's Wilshire/Normandie Station will get one. The Los Feliz station will get a new canopy too, but that one won't be paid via this program. [Curbed Inbox]

HOLLYWOOD: The latest on the Hollywood & Western demo: A neighbor passes on word that "1/2 of the massage parlor came down and a little bit of the apartment building" came down today. Additionally, we caught up with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which is considering purchasing the L-shaped property at Hollywood and Western from developer CIM. While not able to say whether the deal will indeed happen due to market conditions and other factors, a CRA spokesperson said the agency views development of the Thai Hotdog corner as a "catalytic opportunity." [Curbed Staff]