Physical Los Angeles

Ugliest building in L.A.?

Curbed LA designates the off-putting, easily ignored mall known as Hollywood & Highland:

It's not based purely on aesthetics, that we can all agree. There are other factors - the pedestrian unfriendliness of the Highland side of the structure. The confusing and somewhat nauseating escalators. The portions of the mall that remain empty of shops and tourists despite being at one of the most visited intersections in the City. The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. The mish-mash of architectural styles. The Egyptian reliefs and elephants. And then there are the tourists. Oy! Never has a greater display of mid-westerners, comprised of fat women wearing capri pants and their skinny husbands been gathered into one locale than at Hollywood & Highland.

The Times building downtown wins Curbed's runner-up prize — interesting since LAT architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne was one of the judges.

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