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Attractive New Park Makes Angelenos Realize How Ugly Downtown Buildings Are

Since it opened last year, throngs of Angelenos have flocked to downtown's Grand Park. With those crowds now paying attention to the massive public buildings that form the park's boundaries, some are wondering if they need to be replaced.

Los Angeles County’s Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, "which express an antiquated notion of government: massive, monolithic and sadly lacking in character," stand in drab opposition to the fresh, dynamic park they now flank. As Dan Rosenfeld explains, "because of their age, condition and efficiency (or lack thereof), they are increasingly subjects of discussion."

Rosenfeld, a private real estate developer with 35 years of experience in Downtown Los Angeles, recommends a five-step process to determine whether the relics of the city's Bunker Hill urban renewal project should be replaced on site, replaced at another site, or repaired and remodeled.  

Full Story: As Grand Park Thrives, County Buildings Are in the Crosshairs

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