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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 9:17 am

One of the most anticipated projects in Downtown is the potential redesign of Pershing Square. This week, area residents and workers can learn the latest and offer their opinions on what should happen in the park in the heart of the Financial District.

Fourteenth District City Councilman José Huizar is hosting three public meetings with the Pershing Square Task Force to get input on how the park should be improved.


The first is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Perch restaurant, at 448 S. Hill St.; the second is slated for Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 506 S. Grand Ave.; the final meeting will take place Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Pacific Room on 526 W. Sixth St.

More meetings focusing on potential programming and design will take place in January and March.

Though Huizar and many Downtown residents want changes to come to Pershing Square, it is unclear where the money will come from.

Anschutz Entertainment Group in February pledged $700,000 in seed money for improvements. That money, however, was contingent on AEG’s plans for a Downtown NFL stadium, the future of which has been thrown into question. 

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  • T gun posted at 8:07 pm on Wed, Nov 27, 2013.

    T gun Posts: 15

    People are letting Jose's sexual harassment scandal be swept under the rug. Huizar is now trying to say it was consensual to continue his career,as many politicians have done before him. If the truth came out, which is that he used his position to harass and torment this poor girl, his life/marriage would be over.The fact is, Francine Godoy was a victim and is now being portrayed as a home wrecker because huizar "admitted to an affair" which just isn't true. People are just stuck on her the public sector, if a guy over 7 years worked his way up the corporate ladder, it wouldn't be a big deal. All this girl did was work hard and kept her honor the whole time. Anonymous posters on blogs who made up rumors years ago were just jealous of her and in competition. .... Jose is a scum bag. Sincerely-someone who know

  • Trent Bolden posted at 4:33 am on Fri, Nov 22, 2013.

    domkallarossmods Posts: 8

    These downtown business leaders, city officials, property owners and other stakeholders should look backwards and pick up a photo album of early city views of when Pershing Square used to glow like a lush tropical jewel. At one time, giant banana trees, birds-of-paradise and palms grew in vigorous profusion beside brick-paved walks and wooden benches. It was one of the busiest places in town, it was always jammed with census enumerators and sunshine observers. Pershing Square feels forlorn today, soulless. If they really want to improve the park, one can only hope for them to just follow the plan of John Parkinson, when the park was renovated under a design in a more formal fashion, with diagonal paths intersecting in the center of the square where a large bubbling fountain was placed. Tropical foliage was planted along the pathways, trees were thinned out, and ornamental street lights provided nighttime illumination. I do not accept the butchery of our scenery and the despoiling of landscaped parks. Please restore our Pershing Square back to a faraway haven of idyllic beauty and tranquility.

  • Stephen Corwin posted at 1:26 pm on Sat, Nov 16, 2013.

    Corwinstephen Posts: 10

    You can help support the Pershing Square movement at