Across the Freeway, Hesitation Toward Proposed L.A. Stadium

Yes, there will be jobs, and safety has improved since downtown revitalization efforts began over a decade ago. But Pico-Union residents are feeling routinely excluded--and shortchanged--when it comes to decisionmaking.
October 1, 2011, 7am PDT | Judy Chang
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Writes Kate Linthicum: "[Resident Victor] Citrin moved here three decades ago and spent years fixing up an old hotel on 11th Street. He built living quarters inside, and outside, a garden.

Many mornings he sits there watching hummingbirds play. He'd rather his view didn't also include a large, shimmering Coca-Cola bottle - a multi-story LED billboard on the west side of the Ritz-Carlton that he calls "obscene."

He's alarmed that a draft deal approved by the City Council calls for more bright signage: more than 40 billboards on the publicly owned Convention Center. AEG and the city should have gotten more community input, he says."

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Published on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Los Angeles Times
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