A funny (not so funny) thing happened yesterday at Sunset and Vine. It probably would go completely unnoticed and unremarked, but I happened to be there. I noticed and I'm here to remark. I was on the southeast corner standing and chatting with some friends. It was hot out and we noticed a small patch of shade on the Vine St. side of the Sunset Tower building. We walked over to it and huddled next to the building to continue our talk. There is a shallow overhang of a couple of feet there and, I for one am grateful to it. Suddenly there was a very loud crash! It turns out that several glass tiles that adorn the facade of the building came loose, fell about 30 or 40 feet and crashed on the sidewalk about a foot from us. No overhang yesterday - no head today!
Thirty-four glass subway tiles, each measuring 12" by 4" fell off the side of that building. We were all quite rattled but unharmed. I went into the lobby of the apartment building and brought out the gentleman behind the desk to show him. I'm sure in short order the tiles will be replaced. But.....
This brings up another concern of mine regarding increased construction of taller buildings. Developers, in order to shorten time and lengthen profit, cut corners. It's the only possible explanation behind yesterday's event. How else could pieces of a building fall off in such a few short years after it was remodeled? I'm far from knowledgeable about construction but, the adhesive that's left where the tile were, looks like what I've seen on the DIY Network for kitchen back splashes.
I am happy to hear of the legal push back to the Hollywood Community Plan that was reported here on Patch yesterday. I don't know how it will all get settled but, in the meantime - Heads Up!