January 20, 2012 2 Comments
I spend a lot of time walking around Downtown. Every day I take at least two trips and often more between the Financial District and L.A. LIVE, from 7th Street to Olympic, usually on Figueroa or Flower and sometimes by Hope. (No, it’s not a coincidence that those are the three streets with subway portals at the 7th Street / Metro Center Station.)
Every day, I pass what I consider to be the biggest expanse of wasted space in Downtown Los Angeles: The parking lot between Figueroa, Flower, 7th, and 8th. Seriously, at least the (future home of the) Metropolis Development (which is currently a huge parking lot) isn’t sucking energy from the center of Downtown and is and more-or-less hidden over by the freeway. And Pershing Square at least has some places to sit (and an ice rink, movie screen, or concert stage depending on the time of year.) This parking lot is just an expanse of wasted space. The same amount of cars could fit in a structure one-fifth of the size, or a couple underground levels… and I’ve got an idea for what can go on top.