Remember these buildings? They’re on Armour Boulevard, in the Old Hyde Park Historic District. More importantly, they’re my neighbors. I live two buildings down the street. These buildings were in the news earlier this year as their owner submitted (and later withdrew) an application for a demolition permit. Briefly, here’s what happened. Initially the owner (MAC properties) offered to give the buildings away for fre
Car Love Having grown up in Los Angeles means that driving holds a special place in my heart. The culture in LA is so infatuated with mobility-by-car that few things were more exciting than the notion of driving, to me – my friends – and most kids I knew. So obsessed are we that each “highway” (we call them freeways) deserves to be treated with it’s very own article, regardless of how ma
Before my car totally bit the dust, I had been thinking about experimenting with the bus for a number of months. The notion really freaked me out. It’s not that public transportation was a foreign concept or experience for me, it was that I harbored an irrational fear of embarrassment of the unknown – who wants to be yelled at by a bus driver while there’s a line of people waiting behind you on your first trip?
On the heels of Sara’s series about demolition of historic buildings, I got a little curious about demolition ordinances around the country. Specifically, ordinances that limit it or attach some fairly long strings when it actually does happen. Take a look, and let me know what you think: Over in Salt Lake City, city council “recently” passed a demolition ordinance that does the following: Buildings