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What does it take to strip the shine from new architectural landmark Disney Hall? Just a couple of unhappy neighbors (see arrow) who are upset that the building throws harsh reflected light upon their apartments. The LA Times, and boing boing all report that Gehry and his folks have agreed to tone it down. The squinty residents neglect to mention that in April 2003, 6 months before Disney Hall's opening, a one-bed, two-bath condo (say, #517) in the decidedly Eastern-European bunker-style building went for about $380,000; in December 2004, a slightly larger 1x2 (#610) sold for just over $820,000. Even with local real estate inflation, something else is obviously driving up the prices at 121 Hope Street. Why are its residents complaining about all the reflected glory?