February 13, 2005

LA Condo Development Focuses On Walker-Friendly Streetscape

Developers planning close to 2,000 new housing units in downtown Los Angeles are paying keen attention to walkability issues, in what has traditionally been one of the most pedestrian-hostile U.S. cities.

"[South Group principal Tom] Cody said [the development] will be dotted with cafes, retail stores and plazas that build street life and bring the condo towers down to a pedestrian-friendly level. The developments along Grand Avenue, for example, will be broken up with townhouses accessible from the street, while mid-block pocket parks will add greenery," reports Los Angeles Downtown News Online.

" 'The blocks are so big around here it's not really a friendly place to walk around,' Cody said. 'But one of the things that attracted us to the area is that there are so many parcels available for development that you can master plan and create something really special.' "

172 of 181 lofts in the first phase of South Group's plan have been reserved, although the building isn't slated to open until next year.

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