Urban Renewal, the Venice Way


Step one, find a lot with a shack on it. Step two, knock it down. Leave the framing of two walls standing. You’re not building anything new, remember. You’re merely renovating.


Step three, install steel girders, go vertical. Three floors if you can afford it.


Step four, add floor to ceiling windows, so people from the Valley can peer directly into your bamboo floor Designista great room and fully contemplate the sin of envy. Discreetly draw the curtains at dinnertime so no one on the walk sees you eating takeout while surrounded by Miele kitchenware.


Step five, spend $1000 installing a garden box in the parkway that produces $30 of vegetables a season which you donate to the local food bank.


Step six, be sure to remind everyone of the virtue of being virtuous.

4 thoughts on “Urban Renewal, the Venice Way”

  1. maybe that sign is a warning rather than a reminder? Rabbits might look for other, less progressive, gardens. either way, how dispiriting.

  2. Heavy sigh.

    The most beloved neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, and Barcelona started as shanty towns of mud huts and scrap lumber and only gradually thickened and built up to the places we know today.

    Places that don’t see continual reinvestment stagnate , decline, and wither.

    Building really high quality buildings that are worthy of the test of time are expensive.

    LA is stuck in a bad loop. Money is pouring in to meet market demand. Regulations make traditional city building illegal since the suburban mentality doesn’t want the city to mature into something larger and thicker. So we get these semi-disposable multi-million dollar paper mache mansions because they’re “full detached single family homes.” Will these be around in a century? Not in their current form…

    LA is getting the city it deserves.

  3. It is totally appropriate given the two story cr@p-tastic “immediately adjacent”…
    im jus sayin”…

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