Beverly Hills' Battle To Stop Mini-Mansions

After the loss of many of Beverly Hills' original one-story Spanish style homes to mini-mansions, the city adopts strict new design codes.
June 14, 2004, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"With no established architectural style to describe them, houses such as the ones Omrani builds are derisively known in Beverly Hills as "Persian Palaces... The city's Planning and Community Development Department determined last year, for example, that nearly 70% of the single-family homes between Wilshire Boulevard and Burton Way had either been torn down or drastically remodeled since those neighborhoods were established in the 1930s and '40s... It took beverly hills 20 years to admit it had a problem, even as other cities such as Santa Monica, San Marino and Pacific Grove took aggressive steps to preserve their architectural heritages."

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Published on Sunday, June 13, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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