A Los Angeles Moment

Never Built Los Angeles poster

More greetings from Los Angeles.

Tonight I attended my cousin Sam Lubell’s exhibit “Never Built Los Angeles” at the Museum of Architecture + Design. I was walking through this amazing exhibit of very cool buildings that never came to be with my high school friend Barry.

Los Angeles could have been a far more interesting city architecturally if some of these projects had been realized. (If you won’t be able to see the exhibit, you can buy Sam’s book here.)

As we perused the exhibits, Barry told me about a film he wrote several years ago. This led to what Barry called “a typical LA moment.”

What happened was that a tall and fast-talking, slightly disheveled stranger interrupted us.

“Tell me your story about making a film. I’m making a film,” he said. Barry and I didn’t appreciate the strange interruption.

“I’m not a film maker, I’m a real estate broker,” Barry said. (Barry is a partner at Deasy/Penner & Partners.)

“Oh good, I can help you,” the stranger said. “People trust me because I’m an architect. If you ever have a client who is on the fence about a house, you can call me and I’ll tell them how great the house is so they’ll buy it,” he continued. Then he thrust his business card into Barry’s palm and said, “Call me, we’ll do lunch,” before scurrying away.

Barry and I laughed and shook our heads. What a nut, I thought. If Barry had said he owned a bakery, the guy would have probably said he could come over and ice some cup cakes. If Barry had said he owned a clothing store, the guy would have probably said he was an expert tailor.

First a filmmaker and then an architect on the take. The guy might as well have just walked over and said, “Whatever it is you do, let me in on the deal.” He was like a character that had been plucked directly out of a sitcom.

This was the point where Barry proclaimed the whole thing “An LA Moment.”

Now I understand how TV and movie writers get all those wacky ideas for their scripts. All they have to do to create an entertaining story is walk around Los Angeles and pull from real life.


  1. Total L.A. moment! I lived out there for a couple of years and recall many eccentric and aggressive people. I just read an article about this exhibit (maybe in last Sunday’s Times?) and it sounded so interesting. I’ll have to buy the book, especially now that I know your cousin is the talent behind it.

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