New York Times Looks at Evolution of Sunset Strip

sunset strip“A jumble of beeping concrete trucks, towering blue and yellow cranes and steel building skeletons rising against the Hollywood Hills.” That’s how The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney describes what is going on today on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, where iconic nightclubs (and less esteemed places) are being replaced by 1.1 million square feet of new hotel rooms, condominiums, restaurants and stores. The story is worth a read.

  1. Despite the sense some tend to convey, life evolves.
    In its 90 years of existence, the Strip was

    1st) lined with speakeasies able to operate because this was unincorporated LA Co, and the LACSD was easier to deal with than the LAPD
    2nd) a high-end nightclub district catering to top industry figures (plus the most high-end brothel in town – the building, quite nice, still operates differently just west of the Andaz
    3rd) a center for younger oriented music entertainment
    4th) more recently changing into a hotel/broader tourist destination or at least starting point

    Nothing untoward or corrupt about this. It’s natural. West Hollywood has staked a claim as the center of LA, despite not being a part of the city. We are geographically centered, much nicer than Hollywood/Highland, far better located than Downtown or Santa Monica or Univ City for those wanting to go to a wide range of places (despite not being close to an expressway – btw, there was a plan at one point to run one down near the Strip, but Beverly Hills blocked that fortunately).

  2. Don – Members of the City Council are paid but only a truly modest compensation which I do not believe exceeds $1,000 per month.

  3. From the statements of employed members of our City Government, it’s obvious that concerns about residents has bowed to the encouragement of glut oriented billboards, new hotels and yet to come, more over-development of the Sunset Strip. I have visions of similar congested streets of Japan as I read the article. This attitude and activity will bleed south to Santa Monica Blvd (it already has more mixed use projects in development) and that will affect the surrounding residential streets, houses and apartments.
    Progress marches on which is understandable and welcomed but the quality of life is being ignored if not abandoned in the process.
    The City Council (elected not paid) is either overwhelmed by the potential additional city income from such projects or have agendas that benefit them and their associates.
    Perhaps we need to be more vocal about our concerns….or leave West Hollywood altogether allowing landlords to increase rents for those willing to be victimized by the out of sight rental rates.

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