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Century City

 

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Jan. 8, 1958
Los Angeles

Here's a wonderful project to put under someone's microscope: 20th Century Fox decides to cash in 176 acres next to Beverly Hills for a massive development of office towers, apartments, an auditorium and a hotel.

Century City offers a microcosm of what was occurring in Los Angeles: Movie studios pressured financially by the intrusion of television, the rising value of open parcels of land and the demise of the city's height ordinance, which stipulated that no building could be taller than City Hall. And cars. Note the reference to 133 acres of parking for 28,979 cars.

Also note the last few paragraphs, which say that Universal Studios was reportedly weighing a real estate firm's  offer for its 448 acres in University City. I suppose we'll hear more about this later.

Alas, there are so many stories and only one Larry Harnisch, so it is beyond the scope of the Daily Mirror to give the Century City project the attention it deserves, but I will try to post updates as they occur.

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