Posting from the LAPL's Echo Park branch, a nice newish building with good air conditioning and free wifi (and plenty of outlets). I like that on the desk where the public computers are, there's -- somewhat inexplicably -- a stack of Environmental Impact Reports, with a yellow label reading "Environmental Impact Reports" right above them. They look lonely. I should read them sometime. Surely I can't be the only planning/development geek in this part of the woods. Especially with Silver Lake being the modernist-architecture capital of L.A.
Speaking of architecture, I feel guilty for not having followed the ArchNewsNow list quite so regularly lately. A friend alerted me to the results of this AIA America's Favorite Architecture poll. Some interesting choices, some not so much. I'm a little unnerved that the once-reviled Twin Towers are in there -- is this contrarianism, revisionist history, nostalgia, or all of the above? With all due respect to the people in the buildings on 9/11, those towers were a blight on an otherwise grand skyline. Nicest surprise on the list: NYC's Apple Soho store. Good to see the Gamble House represented too.