LA Grows Up: Should LA get taller?

We want to hear from you: Should LA Get taller?

The LA Skyline. By maveric2003/Creative Commons/ Flickr
The LA Skyline. By maveric2003/Creative Commons/ Flickr

From the time it was completed in 1928 until 1964, the 32-story City Hall was the tallest building in Los Angeles. Soon, the planned Wilshire Grand – all 71-stories of  it – will be the newest record holder. This will make it not only the tallest building in Los Angeles but on the entire West Coast.

In Hollywood, the coming 55-story Millennium Towers will dwarf the 13-story Capitol Records building. The city of Santa Monica also has a slew of  applications on file for towering new buildings, one of which could be as tall as 120 feet.

We’re in the middle of a new phase of tower construction, shifting LA even further from its horizontal, car-based identity to a more vertical one. Along with the upward trend come the opportunities and challenges of greater density, more public transit and a new skyline.

For an upcoming series we’re calling “LA Grows UP,” we’re examining how this kind of development is changing life for the people who live here. And we want to hear from you.

Does LA need to stay horizontal to be LA? Do we need more skyscrapers? Should LA really grow up? Please share your thoughts below.

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