There's a lot to hate about developer Geoff Palmer's various edge-of-Downtown developments—the Medici, the Visconti, the Orsini, the Lorenzo—the awful faux-Tuscan architecture (though his Broadway project is more palatable), the groundfloor retail that's totally pedestrian-unfriendly and sits mostly empty, and the skybridges over streets to connect the different segments of his buildings; these kinds of connectors tend to kill pedestrian traffic on the streets and encourage insular, fortress-like developments. The Planning Commission is on board with that last complaint, denying Palmer's request for a skybridge at his under-construction Da Vinci project, a 526-unit mixed-user at Temple and the 110/101. The bridge would have crossed Temple, but was denied by the Director of Planning. Palmer is appealing the ruling, which will be heard April 8 at the Central Area Planning Commission.
· Geoff Palmer Building Big Fauxtalian Mixed-User in Bunker Hill [Curbed LA]
· Da Vinci [Official Site]