A Rebirth For Downtown Los Angeles

Conversion of a 32-acre rail yard and a 40-acre industrial development to parkland in downtown L.A. could herald a rebirth of the city's center.
September 15, 2003, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"A good lawsuit can work wonders. Three years ago, a coalition of community groups sued to block an industrial warehouse project on an abandoned 32-acre rail yard called the Chinatown Cornfield near downtown Los Angeles. Four months later, a similar lawsuit was filed to block a 40-acre industrial development at another rail yard, the Taylor Yard, a mile north along the Los Angeles River. Both cases led to settlement discussions with the developers, culminating with the state of California purchasing the parcels for development as parklands."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Sunday, September 14, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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