Posts tagged PCH

As February comes to an end, I wanted to conclude our month dedicated to getting around Los Angeles focused upon my favorite gateways around the city.

Los-Angeles-Station

Photo via Amtrak blog.

Union Station
Los Angeles’ expanding public transit system has garnered a lot of recent attention, including from our own team here at AHBE Lab. Although I commute into Downtown L.A. on the Metro Expo line, I envy those people who enter the city through Union Station. Whenever I find myself walking through this architectural gem, I feel a rush of nostalgia as I think back to my first visit and being greeted by friends who walked me through the station’s striking waiting room and garden patios, and then out into the streets toward the city’s historic center, the El Pueblo de Los Angeles. That welcoming experience has stayed with me all these years.

Creative Commons photos by Eric Salard

Creative Commons photos by Eric Salard

LAX Theme Building
I’ve occasionally made fun of the LAX Theme Building. Opened in 1961, the building was part of a post-war expansion of the airport, designed to portray Los Angeles as a city of the future. Today, the architecture looks outdated rather than futuristic—a gateway to a Hollywood theme park comes to mind. Do you remember George Jetson’s home in the animated series “The Jetsons” by Hanna-Barbera? Can you guess what was the inspiration for the Googie-style residence of the Jetson household? The spaceship-like structure can be seen from a distance and has become a L.A. landmark as significant as the Hollywood sign. Over the years, I have grown fond of this odd looking building.

When I see it at the end of a trip, I know I am home.

palisades

Image: Susan Haskell

Image: Susan Haskell

Pacific Coast Highway
When we moved to L.A. from Boston, we decided to make it a cross-country road trip. We entered L.A. along the coast from Northern California. The last miles along PCH were as exciting as the start of our road trip. As we crossed the county line from Ventura, the coastal landscape views were just as we imagined for Southern California living. It was August; we could feel the warm air; and miles of beach were ahead of us. I imagine that many people have experienced PCH in much the same way. The drive continues to be a part of my life. I can feel myself relax as I drive the short curve out of the McClure Tunnel and see the beach ahead of me — literally the light at the end of the tunnel telling me I’ve returned home

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase happens this weekend, featuring water wise gardens like this one and 49 other sustainable examples. Photo: Mar Vista Community Council

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase happens this weekend, featuring water wise gardens like this one and 49 other sustainable examples. Photo: Mar Vista Community Council

  • Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase: “More than 50 Mar Vista gardens will be divided into five walkable clusters…open free of charge and will feature, among other things, beekeeping, drought-tolerant landscaping, berms, bioswales and water catchment systems.”
  • Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?: “Imagine if we could harness the by-product of bacteria to “grow” building materials. These incredible Xylinum Cones do just that – each cone is made out of cellulose created by organically grown microorganisms.”
  • New Light-Up Downtown Overpasses Will Change Based on Pollution, Weather, Footsteps: An art installation on Los Angeles Street incorporates “a wiry veil of blossom-shaped steel plates” and lights that change according to air pollution and weather.
  • 25 Years On: How Hubble’s Vision Became Our Own: “That’s because the true legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope, its true gift to the future, is the one we have given ourselves. We have seen farther. Across an ocean of space and time and galaxies, we have seen where we truly are and, therefore, what we truly are.”
  • Looking Back at the California Incline Before It Disappears: “Beginning Monday, the California Incline—the road/bridge that leads from PCH up to Ocean and California avenues in Santa Monica —will close for about a year so that it can be demolished…[replaced with] a new Incline that’s more than 5.5′ wider than the old one.”