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Da Vinci fire follow-up: Good urbanism not just architecture and bars
Da Vinci fire follow-up: Good urbanism not just architecture and bars

Federal investigators have concluded that the massive downtown Los Angeles fire that consumed much of the Da Vinci apartment complex was arson, as The Times reported earlier this week. Which means that the Da Vinci and its developer, G.H. Palmer Associates, will continue to generate headlines as the investigation is carried out. Already, the buildings have kindled all kinds of debate related to their design and general disconnect from the greater urban fabric. Their inhospitable, faux Italianate street-level facades have been critiqued in the pages of Los Angeles Magazine, on the airwaves of KPCC and by readers of the L.A Times. The week of the fire, I wrote a story about how the attention...

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