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Floating LEED in Lake Mead, More Echo Park GentrificationWatch

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NEVADA: The National Park Service and a private firm have just dedicated "the world's first floating building project to be registered for LEED® certification," on Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The building is the new operations office for the Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina and it has decking made out of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic, and exterior stucco made from recycled tires. [Curbed Inbox]

ECHO PARK: Following up on today's report of a $626 per square foot sale below Sunset in Echo Park, here's a data point from the other side of the Boulevard: a bungalow from the ModOp Design people just closed escrow yesterday for $739,000 or $434 per square foot. Did you hear that? That was the sound of a Westsider walking into the Short Stop... [Redfin]