Can L.A.'s Downtown Be Saved?

The LA Times is cautiously optimistic about the newly proposed 16-acre complex promising new life for downtown L.A. But can it deliver?

"There is a lot to like about the privately funded project, including the inclusion of affordable housing units and a 16-acre park linking Bunker Hill to the Civic Center — not to mention the fact that the plan is (and must stay) privately funded. Skeptics do worry about the project's likely middle-of-the-road architects and lack of well-defined street activity. They raise fears that its developer, Related Cos. of California, will go for the easy fix: a string of inward-facing chain stores that could as easily be at the Grove or Century City."

Thanks to Brenda Meyer

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