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L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center
L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center

When developers vowed in the early 1970s to create a "downtown" for the San Fernando Valley on movie mogul Harry Warner's sprawling Woodland Hills horse ranch, many locals scoffed. The Valley was, after all, where people had come for quiet suburban space, not major commerce. Planners envisioned a futuristic high-rise commercial center towering above the flat landscape of single-family houses. By the 1980s, Warner Center had sprouted a small skyline and was home to two malls and a thriving aerospace industry. Then the economy tanked and the building boom stopped. A new 25-story office tower sat empty for several years. Once again, Los Angeles has plans for dense,...

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