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L.A. to allow spires on skyscrapers, easing 40-year-old flat-roof rule
L.A. to allow spires on skyscrapers, easing 40-year-old flat-roof rule

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti heralded a rule change Monday that will allow the construction of skyscrapers with spires or slanted roofs -- revising a longstanding regulation that forced builders to make flat-topped structures. The decades-old rule was meant to ensure fire safety by requiring helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings. No other large city in the country has such a rule, according to city officials. Now, with new technology and design techniques being used to keep Angelenos safe during fires, the prohibition had become outdated, “one more stupid rule in Los Angeles,” Garcetti said in announcing the change. Architects had bemoaned the old rule, saying it...

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