Parks on Top of L.A. Freeways

Los Angeles is crazy for "cap parks": basically, putting roofs over sections of freeway and building a park on top. The added benefit? Reconnecting neighborhoods riven asunder by the freeway in the first place.

There are four cap parks currently in the works in Los Angeles.

From The Architect's Newspaper: According to Francie Stefan, community and strategic planning manager for the City of Santa Monica, no two freeway caps are the same. 'Some are glorified bridges, some need center supports, and some just span the whole distance,' she said. Structural design is influenced by whether you get support from outside walls or from center posts, and have mechanical or natural ventilation and lighting.

The largest and furthest along of the parks, the Hollywood Central Park project, would cover a wide swath over the 101 that currently cuts through residential neighborhoods."

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$ay what?!

"The Hollywood Central Park project is expected to cost about a trillion dollars"

Um, excuse me. I hope they meant to say a billion dollars. Boston's big dig was under 10 billion... how can this possibly be?! Assuming that this is a typo, i'm still a bit bothered with the fact that Hollywood is requesting federal dollars to build more parks for them to sunbathe and smoke joints in while I shovel snow it pittsburgh and read local news story's about denied federal funding for mass transit proposals.

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