Decapitating LA's Skyline

Ever wonder why LA's skyline is so bland? Apparently it was planned that way.

Jeremy Rosenberg examines one piece of "well-meaning" text inserted into the Los Angeles Municipal Code in 1974 requiring rooftop emergency helicopter landing facilities. While the Fire Department seems unlikely to undo this key piece of code anytime soon, a new community plan for the Hollywood neighborhood includes an amendment that would exempt tall buildings in this limited area from the requirement.

According to Rosenberg, "[LA Planning Commisioner Michael K.] Woo and others I've contacted over the years about this topic all take responsible and appropriate pains to make clear that they're not opposed to fire safety, first responders, rapid building evacuations or public health. But Woo and others dare to ask a legitimate question: Is having a helipad at the peak of every tall building necessary, much less wise?"

Full Story: Laws That Shaped L.A.: Why is the Los Angeles Skyline So Bland?


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