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I'd like to think I have a unique perspective on this since I grew up in Portland area, then moved to L.A. to work in the architecture biz.

These buildings are great in that they create a buzz and excitement for developers to get back into the downtown LA game, and try to actually re-establish an urban core. However, all that excitement goes out the window for me personally when the only thing that I can think about is that these buildings look sooooo ...... "Portland."

Now when I drive (sorry Brian, walking is not yet allowed here) through this area of downtown L.A., I can almost feel the gray skies of Portland looming. It is disappointing that given all the constraints that Portland governmental powers-that-be instill on Portland architects, that when a Portland firm finally gets down to Los Angeles, they still design a building that could be construed as NW high-rise vernacular. L.A.'s powers-that-be basically say "We don't care what it looks like" (which is also a bad thing). But come on, why wouldn't these Portland firms not use this line of thinking to its fullest advantage?

I guess just wake me up when Allied Works gets a high-rise down here.

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