Although I don't usually post information about architecture, this one will be cool! The widely respected, Chicago based architectural firm Studio Gang has signed on to design a 26-story apartment and hotel tower in Chinatown. Having already numerous designs all over the country and around the world, Studio Gang is one of the most widely respective firms in the country. In the U.S. alone they hold designs spanning from San Francisco, Chicago to Washington DC, New York, and Miami to just name a few. Around the world they have several designs in Shanghai, India, Taipei and Paris. This will be the first project for Studio Gang in Los Angeles, it will be one of their most crowning archivists to date. The prominent site, near Cesar Chavez Avenue and North Spring Street, “really calls for a great piece of architecture,” says Studio Gang design principal Weston Walker.
To applause from a City Hall audience, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved up to $4.9 billion to design, build, operate and maintain an elevated train that will whisk passengers in and out of LAX's central terminal area and carry them to a car rental facility, a ground transportation hub and a station on the Metro Crenshaw Line. The sleek people mover is a major part of L.A.'s efforts to improve transportation in traffic-choked Southern California before the 2028 Summer Olympics. The project will break ground this year, and service is expected to begin in March 2023.
Los Angeles World Airports' progress toward a transportation system that provides an alternative to driving comes years — in some cases, decades — after other major world airports. This extension was ultimately killed in the 19080's when the price tag on the 20-mile Norwalk-to-Redondo Beach line tripled. Still, construction crews built a rail line stub branching off the Green Line, pointing hopefully toward the airport. Those tracks have now been connected to the Crenshaw Line, the 8.5-mile light-rail route slated to begin service late next year!
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