KCRW’s DnA Looks Back at 2010: It Wasn’t All Bad – Bright Spots in LA Design

As the year comes to a close, KCRW’s Frances Anderton, producer and host of the monthly program Design and Architecture (DnA), looks back and finds that although 2010 was hard on the design and construction industry in Los Angeles, the city united around a quest for community. LA design experts share their favorite projects; Maureen Sullivan, Lisa Watson and residents […]


I have always admired the ease with which the people of Los Angeles embrace change and look to the future. And yet, I know this attribute has led to much destruction of what came before, the obliteration of our past and at times, the elimination of existing communities that were seemingly invisible to those with the power to impose change for their own benefit.

During the last century, we lost once vibrant neighborhoods such as Bunker Hill, Chavez Ravine, and the old Chinatown. We also lost numerous architecturally and/or historically significant buildings, such as the Brown Derby restaurant, the Columbia Savings Building, the Ambassador Hotel, Welton Becket and Associates office building and the Hollywood Star Lanes bowling alley, just to name a few.