Last week the Glendale City Council approved two mixed-use projects, each located at significant infill sites within the city’s urban centers. The Triangle will anchor the Tropico Station district surrounding the Glendale Metrolink/Amtrak stop. The second will fill a vacant lot and chronic hole in the middle of the Brand Boulevard downtown retail district.
“Consuming the City,” my editorial to the Winter 2002/2003 LA Forum Online Newsletter on Shopping, was featured in Unfinished Business: 25 Years of Discourse in Los Angeles.
“We are challenging the architects who work here to produce better work than they might have been accustomed to when they came to Glendale five or ten years ago,” said Loomis. “We’re trying to push Glendale into that echelon of cities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, where architects want to do their best work.”
The Glendale News-Press profiles the City’s urban design agenda. Glendale’s “new ‘design studio’ is in place to make sure that as the city becomes more dense, it does so with engaging design, concessions to the pedestrian and protection for the past.”
“The Grove’s popular success reinforces entertainment retail (retail-tainment) as the only legitimate activity for creating urban places.” – LA Times Book Critic David Ulin quotes my 2002 article “The Once and Future Mall” in his profile of developer Rick Caruso that ran in this past weekend’s LA Times Magazine.