It’s Beverly Hills and just about everything gets a “lift” now and then.
While 120 private residences in three distinct buildings will be a major addition to this area, the new-er Beverly Hilton with the addition of the 120-room Waldorf-Astoria Hotel encompassing 9 acres will be just the right “lift” Beverly Hills needs.
When you think about it, the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monicahas long awaited an improvement for it is seriously lacking an aesthetically appealing outer core. But with the addition of apparently 500% more open space and gardens, improved pedestrian and traffic flow, I myself am relieved to know that beautification of some sort is on its way. In addition, one would believe, after reading the news release(http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=88577&p=irol-newsArticle_Print&ID=951848&highlight=) from the Hilton Hotels Corporation that neighborhood and environmental concerns have been addressed-albeit ever so small an improvement.
Are we talking traffic problems? Come on now! Los Angeles has long fought battles over traffic and its growing pains on the city. And as long as public transportation initiatives are placed on the “back burner” I think Los Angelenos should get used to traffic as we are the sunshine. Uh, let’s get back to the Waldorf/Beverly Hilton.
Sure, I too can be as skeptical as the next and am slightly concerned that investments can cloud those “neighborhood friendly” initiatives leaving the impact to the city not so favorable. But I believe in the legacy of the Waldorf-Astoria and the Beverly Hilton to not disappoint residents and visitors alike. But I further trust that those responsible for the development have done their homework.