We all love those ‘what-could-have-been’ features that compile pics of projects, preferably outlandish, that never got built.
The Guardian has a whole series of them.
Here’s the one from Los Angles, with a few examples:
International Marketland – 1959 – WL Couverly
WL Couverly’s lavish drawings of the Las Vegas-like ‘Marketland’, in what was the hinterlands of Orange County, turned out to be the promotional materials for an elaborate scheme by a shady developer, Charles Camarata. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramid of Cheops, the Parthenon, Babylonian towers, a Jewish temple, a Moorish mosque, a geodesic dome … nothing was missing – except money. Camarata never paid for the land and soon landed in bankruptcy court, his scheme a shambles.