In the wake of Long Beach's startling announcement that it is inviting anyone who says they can build a new Civic Center to prove it, GreaterLongBeach.com re-publishes this Sept. 12, 2012, story Theo Douglas, who saw it coming.
In the wake of Long Beach's startling announcement that it is accepting the qualifications of anyone interested in building a new Civic Center, GreaterLongBeach.com re-publishes this Sept. 7 story by Theo Douglas, who saw it coming.
The groundbreaking silkscreen techniques and designs that David Weidman introduced during the Eisenhower presidency are still shaking the earth today. On May 4, the ninetysomething artist will be in Long Beach for a meet-and-greet (and show-and-sell) at In Retrospect on Retro Row.
Ghosts of the grand buildings that once defined downtown Long Beach may forever haunt architecture columnist Theo Douglas, but he notes the increase preservation projects and wonders ... not whether losing them was worth it, exactly, but ...
In an event that was literally 40 years in the making, more than 100 paying ticketholders listened as a panel of local historians, architects, structural engineers and city officials praised Long Beach's futuristic, much-maligned Civic Center---not that it killed rumors that a public-private partnership is planning a replacement.
What's to become of Long Beach's internationally award-winning, locally disdained Civic Center? A panel of experts will consider that question---and any variation of it you may submit---during a discussion this evening (September 10, 2012) at 7 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Tickets are $5.
Greater Long Beach contributor Theo Douglas takes a walkthrough on the wild side, strapping on a haz-mat suit for a tour of a the big, old, crazygreat house at 900 Claiborne Drive, hoping he can inhale its rambling stories without filling his lungs with fatal contagions.
Bellflower's first downtown development in decades---the $7 million Belmont Court---will replace a stretch of non-descript midcentury buildings with a collection of residential condos above retail shops that the architect describes as "midcentury with a contemporary feel."
After two years and two investigations, Long Beach citizens still haven't been told what happened the night a police officer answered a drunk-and-disorderly call in Belmont Shore's restaurant/bar-and-retail district and shot the unhappy customer five times. Will the victim's lawsuit finally reveal the truth?
If you like graffiti murals—murals, not tags; taggers can barely write their names—then Long Beach and Signal Hill are pretty great places to live right now. The minute the real estate market slowed, you could just hear taggers and muralists zipping up backpacks full of Krylon to spraybomb the vacant houses, abandoned factories and rolled-up newspaper buildings.