My Los Angeles
MUST-DO: LA is so
diverse; it all depends
on how you want to
experience it. I love
hiking Griffith Park and
seeing the Hollywood
sign, grabbing a drink at
Hotel Bel Air or visiting
the 40-plus art galleries
at Bergamot Station.
ONLY HERE: The Getty
Center, beyond its impressive art collection, is
a breathtakingly beautiful structure. Touring the
grounds is an adventure
TRAVEL ADVICE: It might
sound but traffic
really is something to
plan for. If you are heading to the beach from
downtown, try to travel
during the middle of the
day. Plan dinners close
to your hotel if you have
to travel during peak
hours or leave plenty of
time to arrive for your
110 a a
from left to right: The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall adds a distinctive shape to the LA skyline; The
forthcoming Wilshire sky deck will feature panoramic views.
responsible for many West Coast live-work-playlearn projects as well as the rehabilitation of
the historic Bradbury Building and ground-up
transit-oriented developments such as Santa Fe Railroad Depot.
The city has invested more than $4 billion in
LAX (the busiest origin-and-destination
airport), $1.2 billion in its ports and $16 billion on
new transit lines, according to the Los Angeles
Coalition for Economy and Jobs. The conundrum of development has always been traffic.
Los Angeles City is home to 3.9 million people;
the county has more than 10
all on their way somewhere.
Keller says that the less Angelenos rely on
single-driver cars and car ownership, the denser
their city can be. He adds that commercial real
estate needs jobs to grow, but not just any jobs.
jobs. Jobs with pensions, benefits and
extra money in the
Southern California, he says, is recovering
from the stagnation of FIRE (fi nancial, insurance and real estate) jobs with the emergence
of TED (technology, entertainment and design).
When banking industry laws changed in 1995,
California institutions such as Bank of America
moved their headquarters out of state. Occidental Petroleum moved its headquarters to
Houston in 2014.
But one booming industry has endured. The
San Pedro neighborhood of LA is home to the
largest harbor in the United States, the Port of
Los Angeles. At 43 miles long, it is the home of
sustainable longshoreman jobs and sees the importation and exportation of roughly $1 billion
of goods on a daily basis.
In addition to the revamping of San
Ports Village (which will emerge as dining
and entertainment center San Pedro Public Market in 2017), the marine institute and research
center AltaSea will open at the end of 2016 on
city dock No. 1, the original berth for ships com-
ing from the Panama Canal.
the Brooklyn of Los says
Jack Baric, a fi lmmaker and community activist
who works with longshoremen, the Chamber of
Commerce, business owners, real estate agents
and developers to bring jobs and development to
A vibrant town center overlooks the enormous cranes, which work 24 hours a day to load
and unload cargo containers. Walk around the
neighborhood and fi nd mom-and-pop restaurants as well as artistic enclaves. In contrast
to San famous Wharf
tourist site, here real fi shermen actually bring
back daily catches, including calamari that
ends up on appetizer menus across the United
Some of that calamari might well end up back
downtown, where architect Martin is passionate
about his latest project. The Wilshire Grand Redevelopment Project on 7th Street and Figueroa,
will include a mixed use building with offices,
entertainment space, and a high-end hotel. This
73-story tower is slated to be the tallest building
west of Chicago and, unlike many tall buildings
in LA, it have a helicopter pad. Since 1974,
any building taller than 75 feet was required
to have one for fi refighting
ordinance that effectively flattened the skyline.
Since helicopter rescues are dangerous and rare,
the code was changed in 2014 to allow builders
to forgo the pad as long as they provided other
safety measures. With this building, Martin
has opted for four-foot-thick concrete walls, an
extra stairwell and a fi refighters-only elevator.
The Wilshire Grand will be topped by a 150foot spire with a navigational beacon, in homage
to the Charles Lindbergh beacon at the top of
City Hall. Guests will be able to walk around the
top of the building to see the the way
to the Pacific, the southern basin, the mountains and the reborn city skyline.
I I A I (C A AC A I I A I AT I I A D)
LOCAL ROOTS: I moved to
Los Angeles four years
ago from San Francisco
to launch my interior
design LA office. I
love it here and, much to
my disappointment, I think
moving back home.