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Lucretia loses a bungalow/Machine goes west/Bird and Bee correction

A brand new big nothing. Open space where there once stood a bungalow. I checked my email yesterday at about 5 pm for the first time that day and saw that something was up. A long string of messages, from a variety of people, with the words "demo," "update" and "Lucretia" in the subject line. An unpermitted demolition had begun at 1600 Lucretia. People were running over with cameras. The police were called. Eric Garcetti's office tried to get information. The police arrived to find no permit on the grounds. Which didn't mean the destruction was halted. When I drove up to the cul de sac end of Lucretia this morning the remains of what once was a peeling, old bungalow (presumably once a candidate for restoration) were squashed into a big, white dumpster, which overflowed with the disassembly. On the site, the bungalow's foundation remained and, it appeared, a single original wall (which, according to building laws, would obviate the need to obtain a new-construction permit as the project could be classified a renovation -- in this case a renovation of open air). There was new plywood enclosing the shell -- to conceal that now there is nothing there? A workman was hosing down bare dirt. A few scattered bricks lay on the grounds, a small post marked the side walkway, which leads to a public staircase down to Delta Street. A picket fence sagged, and there were a couple of car tires. Rubble.

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