LA Considering Massive Central Park Above Highway 101

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LA Considering Massive Central Park Above Highway 101

By Jerry James Stone
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LA considers building $800M park over Highway 101. Is this a good idea? Via @Greenopolis, by @jerryjamesstone http://3bl.me/hkrfb5
Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 10:40am

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The California Department of Transportation is pondering the addition of an $800 million park right over the top of Highway 101 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Currently, the 101 freeway cuts a trench through downtown L.A., heavily limiting pedestrian access. The park, aptly named Park 101, would bridge that gap. The half-mile long urban landscape would not only increase pedestrian access but also invigorate the area.

It would stretch from Grand all the way past Alameda. So to accommodate for the many vehicle types that travel the 101, the highway would have to be modified: it would have to be dug deeper. An underground parking lot would likely be added in hopes getting people to leave their cars once downtown. The space itself will be mixed-use, as in retail and residential, to encourage more than just suits using the area.

The first community meeting will be held on Thursday, May 13th from 4-6 pm at the CalTrans District & Building and all are welcome.

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