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Our Eyes are Bleeding! Sweetzer’s Faux Med Extravaganza

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Yesterday, we posted to complain about the lackluster look of Legendary Place, a new condo complex opening near Sunset and La Brea.

Today, we join Mondette in lamenting the “faux-Med extravaganza” they see going up in their neighborhood near Blackburn and Sweetzer.

Faux Med Extravaganza on Sweetzer (via Mondette, click for story)

Perhaps we should just call stuff like this faux architecture.

Curious if a concept like this has been defined, I typed the term into Google.  The first result seems right on target… it’s a site called Foam Supply.  They specialize in foam shapes that you can slap on the front of a boring building to turn it into your very own faux- Med extravaganza.

This faux foam architectural detail stuff might possibly be used wisely in limited amounts, but instead, it seems to be employed more by lazy developers and architects who are trying to dress up a generic box… rather than try to make the building less of a generic box in the first place.

Developers… architects… city planners… please… just say no to faux.

These buildings are already ridiculous, and are not going to age well.

Check out more details on the blight at Mondette

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Cher’s Former Sierra Towers Condo Listed for $6.495 million

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Times) — The Sierra Towers highrise in West Hollywood has a long history when it comes to celebrities, but this particular condo may take the cake. Once home to movie mogul David Geffen, actor Vincent Gallo and pop star Cher, the residence is on the market for $6.495 million.

That’s $1.245 million more than Cher sold it for back in 2013, The Times previously reported. During her stay, the famed singer-actress decked out the home in a Balinese style that remains to this day.

Perched on the 26th and 27th floors, the unit is the only one in Sierra Towers to span two stories. In 2,300 square feet, it holds two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and a handful of eye-catching living […]

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Kylie Jenner Buys $36.5 Million Holmby Hills Estate

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Kylie Jenner Buys $36.5 Million Holmby Hills Estate

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Kylie Jenner has just expanded her empire … because TMZ has learned she just bought a massive, new estate in one of the best areas of L.A., with a price tag of $36.5 million.

It’s an interesting move because Kylie’s become something of a land baroness in Calabasas, but this is miles away in the heart of L.A. — Holmby Hills.

The house is 15,350-square-feet and it’s billed as a resort compound. It’s a single-story, modern compound with a dedicated guardhouse. The house has a chef’s kitchen, an outdoor projection screen, home theatre, bars and game rooms, a gym and a championship-level sports court with pickleball/basketball.

The house also has 2 guest apartments, so she’s got ya, Stassi.

Kylie negotiated well … the house was listed at $45 mil.

The seller has a connection to Kylie. He also sold her land in the Palm Springs area where she’s building a home.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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LA Hotels Volunteer More Than 27,000 Rooms for COVID-19 Response

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LOS ANGELES — More than 270 Los Angeles hotels have volunteered 27,819 rooms to the County Department of Public Health and other agencies as temporary shelter to support the region’s COVID-19 response, the Hotel Association of Los Angeles announced today.

This unprecedented response represents about 35 percent of all Los Angeles hotel rooms now available to protect and isolate population segments vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak. In the past three weeks, available hotel numbers have grown exponentially from an initial 10,000 rooms being available on March 27.

“Every day we’re seeing the number of available rooms increase as hotels respond to the request from public health officials to provide temporary shelter during this pandemic,” said Heather Rozman, Executive Director of the Hotel Association of Los Angeles. “This is definitely not business as usual. Now that the various levels of government are working together, the contracting process to actually get rooms online should be speeding up.”

Throughout California more than 1,100 hotels have volunteered almost 145,000 rooms since Gov. Newsom declared a State of Emergency on March 4. California Hotel and Lodging Association, HALA and their members have worked with a multitude of government departments and agencies to identify hotels that could help municipalities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“By working closely with Gov. Newsom and California’s public health leadership, our hotels have responded when they are most needed,’’ said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association. “This is a critical time for our hotels to demonstrate their commitment to their communities and to our state’s well-being.”

Los Angeles hotel rooms provide shelter for COVID-19 isolation, people experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, elderly populations, and medical personnel fulfilling needs that are determined by public health officials.

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