“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”
– Luke 14:28-30
Seize the Towers
The highlight of the 2024 Grammys last month was the duet by Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs of Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car.” The performers teamed up to deliver several minutes of musical magic.
The otherwise hollow affair was held at the posh Crypto.com Arena – formerly known as the Staples Center – in downtown Los Angeles. This is one of the few places in LA that will pull the rich and famous away from their protected westside enclaves in Malibu Colony and Beverly Hills.
The exterior view from the arena’s Star Plaza entrance delivers a fabulous, Los Angeles-style aesthetic. One that simultaneously pleases and lacerates the eye.
Beyond the foreground statues of famous LA athletes sits the Oceanwide Plaza development. This trio of incomplete luxury towers was abandoned in 2019. That was when the developer, Oceanwide Holdings ran out of money. Continue reading