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Dear Laist: Building Facades?

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Dear Laist,

I just moved to back home to Los Angeles after spending thirteen years in San Diego. Now that I'm experiencing L.A. from a new "30-something" perspective instead of the oblivious-to-the-world late-teens perspective, I'm noticing a common building facade design that seems to be prevalent throughout the region. I remember it being around in the 80s when I was growing up in Woodland Hills but still see it all over the place today.

For an example, take a look at the photo accompanying Carrie Meathrell's story, "Foodie Round-Up: Baked Beans and Baron Herzog". The facade of Langer's Deli is a blue-green, sorta multi-angeled "A" frame thing with vertical striping.

Why do I see that same facade style all over the place? Was it a popular building style back in the 60s? 70s? 80s? Is there any background story on that "look" for L.A.?

Thanks for listening,

Loren K.

Dear Loren K,

It's probably some kind of trend thing that happened a long time ago. It may or may have not been because it was the construction style of the moment. It might have even been some local chain store gone extinct.

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Who knows? And more importantly, who cares?!

And that is why LAist calls bullshit on this "question". Is anybody really fascinated by aluminum siding enough to write the #1 LA blog a three paragraph email? This is an obvious prank, and a lame one at that.

And suppose this is a legitimate "Dear LAist" question... Would a straightforward, well researched, thoughtfully composed answer really be less boring than watching paint dry? Hell no! Which only leads us to believe that this is one of our uneventful, tamer, boring competitors sabotaging us with inane crap that nobody really cares about.

Thanks for nothin' Loren K. We will not be Punk'd.


Photo by SamFelder via flickr