Friday, July 01, 2005

Still More On SCI-Arc!!

http://www.downtownnews.com/articles/2005/07/04/news/opinion/edit01.txt

In today's on-line edition of the Downtown News, Sam Hall Kaplan announces the worst kept secret in downtown - that he - among others - have been working to resolve the SCI-Arc/Richard Meruelo faux-sitzkrieg of the past few months. The bizarre claims (made in a newspaper whose name I will not mention) that SCI-Arc would be driven out of its home - or that Meruelo was an enemy of the school can now be clearly seen as falsehoods they were.

While a tough businessman, Meruelo also has a passionate love for this city and he always planned to make SCI-Arc the center of this project.

But if SCI-Arc did blunder with its foolish lawsuit, Meruelo did not help his case with his 'proposed' fifty story towers on the site. They were all too clearly, merely... stalking horses. I think my words when he showed me the plans was it was the most insane project I had ever seen; though there is the possibility I used somewhat stronger language.

But now that the ill-advised lawsuit has been dismissed, the real work can be gotten to. Creating a great urban project and a permanent home for SCI-Arc - in the Arts District, where it belongs.

2 comments:

LAdriver said...

This doesn't pertain to SCI-Arc. However, it does mention another arts entity in the city and takes to task an article from a newspaper you often point to as an example of why another newspaper (the one which shall remain "nameless"?) is always messing up...

http://www.artsjournal.com/adaptistration/archives/2005/06/representative.html

This one talks about one of SCI-Arc's cultural neighbors based several blocks to the west of its campus...

http://www.artsjournal.com/adaptistration/archives/2005/07

Brady Westwater said...

Thanks for the comment and look at my next two posts to shortly come later today. And... go back to June 24th on LA COWBOY to read my post on that New York TImes article you mentioned.

Lastly - thanks for the referal to McManus's great blog! Have book marked it!!