Downtown LA's Last Big Open Space

KCRW features special "Which Way LA?" discusson on the future of the Cornfields and Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. Audio archive available.
July 26, 2000, 10am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Chinatown as LA now knows it was created back in the 1930's, when the Chinese community was re-located to make way for Union Station. The population now is 42% Asian, 47% Hispanic and 17% African-American. The neighborhood is in desperate need of parks, schools and employment. Now, a major confrontation is brewing over what to do with the so-called "Cornfield"-almost 50 acres of former industrial land that is Chinatown's next door neighbor. City Hall has blessed a plan by the Cornfield's owner for a complex of warehouses on the site. But community groups, environmentalists and civil rights leaders have a different vision: schools, homes, parks and small businesses along a meandering, rehabilitated Los Angeles River. The battle's about to come to a head, and the outcome will help shape the future of downtown LA. Archived audio stream available at KCRW.

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Friday, July 21, 2000 in KCRW - Which Way, LA?
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