Will LA's 'Central Park' be a Downtown Freeway Park?
On top of the "Big Trench" -- that unsightly two-thirds of a mile of the 101 Freeway, just east of the 110 interchange between Grand Avenue and Alameda Street -- that brutally slices through the historic heart of Los Angeles. The Big Trench separates some of our most prized and appealing landmarks -- Olvera Street, Chinatown and Union Station on one side; Disney Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and City Hall on the other -- creating isolated pockets of activity rather than what we need: a livable, walkable and unified downtown district.
He's right, there's nothing more boring than that "dead zone" walk between Chinatown/Olvera St./Union Station and the rest of downtown. It's like exiting a nice cool jungle into a hot desert of pollution and noise.
Work has already begun to explore the idea: twenty-five urban design students from around the country have been studying the project for the past week and next Friday, the best ideas will be displayed at Caltrans' downtown building's plaza across from City Hall.