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L.A.’s skyscraping New Wilshire Grand: Soaring designs fighting against the bottom line

The skylight rising above the entrance to the New Wilshire Grand is spectacular. Draped between the 1,100-foot skyscraper and its seven-story companion, the skylight runs nearly the length of a football field, dropping almost 60 feet — like a ski slope — as it flows between the two buildings and marks the entrance to the hotel. But then, everything looks good on paper.