"One example (Park 101) of a place where I think we need to apply this kind of thinking is the area right around Union Station. ELP Advisors is working on a feasibility plan for the Park 101 project, which would cap three blocks of the 101 Freeway as it goes through Downtown Los Angeles.
That investment would create an amazing amenity: parkland right in the middle of the city. It would also knit together the Historic Core, the Civic Center, and the largest transportation hub in the region.
As we look at that, we also have to look at other investments going on in the area, including the Union Station Master Plan; the eventual advent of high-speed rail; the Regional Connector; and private investment going on in Chinatown. Altogether, we can see that this is a district that needs to be comprehensively planned.
It might be a great place to implement an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District. We’re investing a lot in the public realm that will create value for private property owners. We should be able to capture that value and use the proceeds to fund benefits like affordable housing."
-Cecilia Estolano, ELP Advisors.
"Highways are supposed to help get people from one place to another, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that in many cases they have also divided neighborhoods. He wants to change that."
Park 101 included in latest Union Station Master Plan!
This new video neatly explains the different phases of the Union Station Master Plan that was approved by the Metro Board last year. The idea is to implement the plan in phases as funding comes available or is identified.
"Tel Aviv city officials have given initial approval to an estimated $500-million plan to add a 60-acre roof park over the central segment of the Ayalon Freeway, the busiest transportation artery and densest infrastructure corridor in Israel.
The plan calls for covering a 2-kilometer-long by 100-meter-wide section with a grassy roof, with traffic flowing through a tunnel underneath."
Our Park 101 Mini Documentary is getting well deserved publicity. Thank you to Breadtruck Films who helped make this happen.
The Friends of Park 101 were out on Main St between Aliso and Arcadia letting people know about Park 101 and our vision. Walkers, tourist, bikers, runners, school children and workers on lunch break received brochures highlighting Park 101 features.
"LA is moving toward a greener future, friendlier to pedestrians, metro users and bicyclists. There are various development projects planned, particularly in downtown and Hollywood, which are becoming more dense and vertically-built. These projects preserve historic architecture while adding apartments, parks, retail and entertainment."
Did you hear? City Council members voted 14-0 to approve the motion introduced by Councilman Jose Huizar on July 30th to seek funding from private, federal and state grants for Park 101.
ULI Report presents a strategy for developing a Union Station District. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panel visited Los Angeles in December, sponsored by Metro and the City of Los Angeles planning department, to examine the Union Station study area and to advise the city on what land use and infrastructure investments the city should pursue given the pending master plan for Union Station.