I was once familiar with the location in which Buren's piece was displayed, but in those days it was not a trendy shopping area. It was occupied by some old brick buildings and a maze of alleys off of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena's oldest neighborhood. Some of the old buildings are still there, others have been cleared to provide space for the courtyard, and still others were demolished to make way for new brick buildings that were designed to be reminiscent of the buildings they replaced.
It's now an odd combination of the fake and the real (the building with the corner tower in this photo is new, the buildings to its left are old.) I've never seen this changed place in person. When I left Los Angeles the project was barely underway. I'm not sure if I'm sad that I didn't get to see it built, or if I'm sad because it got built, but those photos do make me sad. The pennants over the used car lots never made me sad. I think maybe they were installed by better artists than Daniel Buren.