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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 2:42 pm

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -Some big changes could be coming to Pershing Square. Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the park at 532 S. Olive St., said that officials with Anschutz Entertainment Group have agreed to provide $700,000 in seed money to help “re-envision” the park.

Huizar said the city will put together a task force that will be charged with coming up with potential changes to the much-maligned park. “Everything is on the table,” Huizar said. “If that task force comes back and says we want to scratch the thing and start anew, so be it, or we just want to change a few parts. Everything is on the table.”

There is no timeline yet on the project or details on how the seed money will be used, Huizar said.

The idea was sparked by problems that arose at Pershing Square last year after members of the Occupy L.A. movement made the place their headquarters. Some camped out at the park, prompting complains from stakeholders including merchants at the weekly farmers market, who said they being harassed by members of the group. 

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16 comments:

  • Juanito Crandello posted at 6:56 pm on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    Juanito Posts: 118

    The place needs an overriding sense of magic; something eternal. Turn it into an altar of transcendence. Negate the fear, neutralize the differentials.

     
  • Robert posted at 9:05 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    pershing squared Posts: 65

    Anytime there's a discussion about homelessness it's either let them rule the area or throw them out altogether. Neither is practical or appropriate. Homelessness is a reality that needs to be addressed in a unified, long term way. As a society how we treat the most disadvantaged reflects on us as a whole. But the solution isn't to let downtown be an outdoor asylum. Dodging piles of human waste of all types, tent cities next to metro stops, the screamers, the serious heavy drug use and sales, the violence. It's not right that downtown has to shoulder the burden of this for the entire county and I think will limit downtown's potential. There has to be balance to the conversation and consideration for everyone downtown - just because someone has a job and can pay rent, that doesn't make them better than anyone else. But it also doesn't mean that as a housed person you can't want a higher quality of life for the neighborhood. You can be a caring, sympathetic person but also not want to have someone regularly urinating on your front door.

    Anecdotally, a lot of people give up on downtown after a few years and move out. It just wears them down.

     
  • John Gaylord posted at 1:47 pm on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    respectful Posts: 1

    I suggest this is an opportunity for the City to deal with some of the needs of the homeless people instead of shunning them. Public restrooms with locker rooms and showers, a place where hot meals are served, and appropriate security would be a good start. Referrals to homeless shelters and medical / drug abuse treatment could be added. These facilities could be kept separate from the public park areas, so as to avoid infringement on others' enjoyment of it, and security monitors could be hired to walk the beat to maintain restrictions. An assessment of the number of needy people to be served would be necessary to design the facility, and this could serve as a model for development of similar park facilities.

     
  • Horthos Maus posted at 1:02 pm on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    Morthos Posts: 78

    Joel, I fear you may be putting words in my mouth. Did I say I feel I am better than them? Go look and show me, because I can not find where I said that. Do it. Copy and paste what I said, and show me where I said that.

    I actually agree that they need proper help, but allowing them to sit in the park and do nothing but do and sell drugs, urinate, scream at people, or stumble around drunk, is not exactly doing them much good either. What do you suggest we do Joel? Do we continue to allow it to happen? Do we ignore them? Do we help them? And what qualifies as help? Is giving them 35 cents out of your pocket help, or giving them some food once a week like you said you do? Should they be forced into getting proper treatment, which then goes against civil liberties, and causes people to say they have every right to sit in the park and do nothing? Come on Joel, you seem to have the answer.

    By the way, my parents did do a terrible job raising me, which is why I have some money and a place to live, rather than sleeping on a bench and living off of change.

     
  • Rox Berry posted at 6:35 am on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    RoxBerry90013 Posts: 60

    Great job Huizar! I've always found the design to be elementary. As if a giant child plays here. But no child is safe amongst the rodents and vagrants that make this their home.

    The proximity of this park to skid row invites that population into the Jewelry District to beg. Downtown is changing and it's not going to stop for drug addicts who refuse to get help. It's not going to stop for the down-and-out who refuse to pick themselves up.

    Skid row is a blank canvas for development. The concentration of services hasn't worked and is too close to something good. It's time we wrap this project up and bull doze the area... or we could just hand the area back to the thugs, pimps and drug dealers who once reigned here.

     
  • Joel Greenfield posted at 2:18 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    OccupyJoel Posts: 5

    ignoring them & pretending they don't exist IS NOT THE ANSWER! how about instead of the city wasting all that $$$$ on the corrupt CCA & the equally corrupt police they help out the homeless population by giving them medical care & housing!!!

     
  • DTLA Resident posted at 1:09 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    lovin LA Posts: 30

    So you say let the HUNDREDS of homeless people living in dtla sleep in the new Pershing Square park? Are you out of your mind? What Downtown LA is trying to do, is get away from the stigma that the city is a dump. Your idea is going to perpetuate what everyone thinks and knows about downtown. Please rethink your stance and get back to me. By the way, I do in fact think I'm better than people who deal drugs, defecate in public, don't do anything with their life...etc.

     
  • Roger Leonidas posted at 12:42 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    NYIGuy Posts: 1

    My wife and I were walking past the park down 6th Street just before the holidays last year, and spied an interesting event. A homeless man, pulled his pants down and defecated on the sidewalk near the parking garage entrance. To witness what was running down his leg and the smell, stuck with me most of the evening. It was awful. If Joel would please post his address, I'll be sure and direct this homeless man in his direction in an effort to keep this sort of thing out of the park. Thank you Joel. We all appreciate your compassion for being in a postion to take this unfortunate citizens in.

     
  • Joel Greenfield posted at 12:21 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    OccupyJoel Posts: 5

    so basically you're saying that you are better than your fellow humyn's just because you have money and a place to live? wow, your parents did a terrible job raising you!

    I go to Pershing square all the time, yes the architecture is terrible, but that's the only problem. If you would take a minute to care about someone other than yourself you would understand that the homeless at pershing square really aren't bad people, they are just down on their luck!!

     
  • Joel Greenfield posted at 12:20 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    OccupyJoel Posts: 5

    so basically you're saying that you are better than your fellow humyn's just because you have money and a place to live? wow, your parents did a terrible job raising you!

    I go to Pershing square all the time, yes the architecture is terrible, but that's the only problem. If you would take a minute to care about someone other than yourself you would understand that the homeless at pershing square really aren't bad people, they are just down on their luck!!

     
  • Joel Greenfield posted at 12:16 pm on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    OccupyJoel Posts: 5

    so basically you're saying that you are better than your fellow humyn's just because you have money and a place to live? wow, your parents did a terrible job raising you!

    I go to Pershing square all the time, yes the architecture is terrible, but that's the only problem. If you would take a minute to care about someone other than yourself you would understand that the homeless at pershing square really aren't bad people, they are just down on their luck!!

     
  • Horthos Maus posted at 11:18 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Morthos Posts: 78

    Yeah, let the bums sleep there, and urinate there, and do drugs there, and scream at people, and bug you for money, and cause nobody to want to go into the park out of fear or just not wanting to be bothered. What is wrong with you for wanting a clean decent place to feel safe at and be proud of? It is almost as though you do not like walking through a public park while being yelled at or having to hold your breath as you walk by a stagnant pisspool....

     
  • Joel Greenfield posted at 10:18 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    OccupyJoel Posts: 5

    wow, you're a huge asshole. these people have nowhere else to go, i say let them sleep in the park. but what ever happens, I hope there will still be a place in the park for Food Not Bombs to feed the people every sunday night!

     
  • Brian R posted at 5:51 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    BrianMojo Posts: 19

    Best downtown news I've heard in awhile! This park could use a complete overhaul -- in a much simpler, classic style. Nothing hip or modern. Something that will stand the test of time rather than being flashy and regrettable in another 20 years.

     
  • Horthos Maus posted at 5:20 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    Morthos Posts: 78

    The park has that HIDEOUS Memphis Design look going for it, which is just downright ugly and childish, and doesnt create an inviting environment whatsoever. There is nothing I can think of that could be done to this park that would NOT improve it.

     
  • DTLA Resident posted at 3:43 pm on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    lovin LA Posts: 30

    FINALLY! Pershing Square needs a big facelift. Out with the ugly design and homeless freaks. In with the green grass and trees.