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Urgent Issues

Firestone Tire and Rubber Plant, "Building 2" by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Firestone Tire and Rubber Plant

Beginning in 2009, the Los Angeles Community College District has systematically demolished the former Firestone plant through a series of Environmental Review Projects. Now the last-remaining building is planned for demolition.
Otomisan Japanese Restaurant. Photo by Sue Hwang.

Nishiyama Residence/Otomisan Japanese Restaurant

Developed over a period of thirty years beginning in 1890 through the 1920s, 2504-2508 East First Street is being considered for Historic-Cultural Monument listing.
Sister Mary Corita in 1965, courtesy of the Corita Art Center.

Sister Mary Corita Studio

From 1960-1968, Sister Mary Corita used the building as her studio and classroom where she made some of her most recognizable works, hosted creative leaders, and influenced a generation of young artists.
Rancho Los Amigos and early dormitory structure. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Rancho Los Amigos

On June 23, 2020 the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors all voted to support a plan calling for the destruction of the Rancho Los Amigos Historic District.
Taix in 2019. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Taix

First opened in 1927, Taix has been mainstay at its present Sunset Boulevard location since 1962. In May 2020, a new project was unveiled that calls for the demolition of the Taix building and redevelopment of the site.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Barry Building

Through a deliberate act of no maintenance and removal of historic features, the owner is currently seeking demolition and approval by the City of Los Angeles.
Photo by Marcello Vavala/L.A. Conservancy

Chili Bowl (West Los Angeles)

One of Los Angeles's oldest remaining examples of programmatic architecture is threatened with demolition. A Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination is currently pending.
International Institute of Los Angeles. Photo by Laura Dominguez.

International Institute of Los Angeles

Founded in 1914, the International Institute of Los Angeles helped immigrant women adapt to life in the United States. A Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination is currently pending.

City of Los Angeles Fee Hike

The City Administrative Officer (CAO) is proposing to raise L.A. City Planning fees by nearly 40 percent. Such a fee hike will greatly increase historic preservation costs and reduce the potential for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the future.
Exterior of Watts Happening Cultural Center. Photo by Rita Cofield / Friends of Mafundi

Watts Happening Cultural Center

Since 1969, Black art, culture, and activism have flourished in this rare Late-Modern style building in the Watts neighborhood of South L.A. The building is being considered for Historic-Cultural Monument listing.
Historic 1960s image of Downtown Inglewood and Market Street. A proposed, elevated APM will travel through Market Street. Photo: Inglewood Public Library.

Inglewood Transit Connector Project

The City of Inglewood is proposing an elevated automated people mover (APM) that will travel through the heart of Downtown Inglewood's Market Street, potentially limiting its ability to continue serving its historic Main Street function.