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Power tools away

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I walked through LA Live! earlier today, and I think that cw is wrong about the place. It's not as simulated an urban environment as most other high profile lifestyle zones. What concerns me is what always concerns me; that it won't attract real artists or real people. But that has become true with everything that's built new; artists can't afford to live anywhere new, so real redevelopment of a community always happens despite the efforts of a city, rather than because of them. Never mind about the architecture, which is imposing; it is also irrelevant. It's bright, shiny, and new, which is what it is meant to be, and it needs to retain it in perpetuity to work, so the jury will be out on that for a long time.

There are, I found, power tools and long cords buzzing and humming in nearly every storefront, so I wouldn't count on a true launch everywhere today or tomorrow. The stage built for something Grammy looks like it works in the space, and the hospitality tent is a good fit too; it will contend with other such venues for other such nights. But LA Live is a hundred times better than the nostalgia-driven simulated urbanism of Armenia at Brand, and with the dozens of spigots I observed in a small handful of bars, it seems destined to offer at least one or two reliable watering holes after the break-in period.