Los Angeles is a city that moves forward, never settling on one definitive identity or style. Phases come and go, cherished and esteemed institutions disappear. Land and buildings are repurposed to freshen the landscape. The Ambassador Hotel became a school. Chasen's is a grocery store. Trolleys were ripped out for freeways. As years go by, more and more Los Angeles stalwarts may find themselves on the chopping block. But what of LA will be left for the future generations of Huell Howsers or Ralph Storys to sing the praises of? If nothing is off limits, what symbols will remain as the legacy of Twenty-First Century Los Angeles?
With the Sportsmen's Lodge soon to be demolished and Norms just narrowly missing the wrecking ball, it's clear that developers lack an affection for the landmarks of Los Angeles that others revere. That in mind, we've decided to loosen the definition of "landmark" a bit and hedge our bets on some new icons with a little more staying power. —Jeff WattenhoferRead More