A couple of media stories have been making the rounds today about attempts to give city of Los Angeles historic status to the old Johnie's building.
I want to make something clear: historic status or not, Metro has long planned to preserve the iconic former coffee shop on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Fairfax during construction of the Purple Line Extension.
Check out the above project fact sheet. The top rendering clearly shows Johnie's in relation to the planned Wilshire/Fairfax station, whose entrance will be at Wilshire and Orange Grove. There will be a construction staging area on the parcel west of Johnie's — for the express purpose of preserving the Johnie's structure!!!