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Da Vinci developer packs apartment complexes next to freeways
Da Vinci developer packs apartment complexes next to freeways

Even before half of it was destroyed in a massive blaze that lit up downtown, the Da Vinci apartment project was a subject of amazement for those who saw it. Developer Geoffrey H. Palmer's seven-story complex had balconies overlooking the busy 110 Freeway. Windows on the project's still standing northern wing face a 101 Freeway ramp. Its close proximity to the roaring interchange astounded Jennifer Deines, who lives in nearby Angeleno Heights and regularly takes the 110 Freeway. "I just thought, 'Who in their right minds would want to live there?' " she said. "Every time we drove by it, my daughter and I would joke about waving to people in the Da Vinci...

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