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Twilight Over Grand Park’s New Center Section in Downtown LA

Newly open Grand Park’s Court of Flags waving against the background of the Downtown LA skyline

It’s been about two months since Grand Park first opened to the public in Downtown LA’s Civic Center, sandwiched between City Hall and the Music Center (and unfortunately between the hulking County buildings that will hopefully be removed someday). The opening of Grand Park in July was only the first of three sections totaling 12 acres. The second (or center) section of Grand Park opened on September 11, 2012 with some stellar daytime photos captured by Curbed LA. I stopped by last week during a beautiful twilight and photographed the newest section of Grand Park as the sun was setting.

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New Portal Canopy Being Installed at Civic Center Subway Stop in Downtown LA

A new subway canopy is being installed at the Civic Center/Grand Park metro stop

This past February, we saw the exciting newly designed canopies (renderings) that will be installed at many of our subway portals in Los Angeles, giving our fledgling subway network a stronger identity in a city still dominated by automobiles. Many people have complained about the lack of a strong visual marker for our metro stations that are easily missed if you aren’t a familiarized and regular transit user. One of the first stations to get these new canopies in Downtown LA is in the Civic Center.

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New Portal Canopy Being Installed at Civic Center Subway Stop in Downtown LA

A new subway canopy is being installed at the Civic Center/Grand Park metro stop

This past February, we saw the exciting newly designed canopies (renderings) that will be installed at many of our subway portals in Los Angeles, giving our fledgling subway network a stronger identity in a city still dominated by automobiles. Many people have complained about the lack of a strong visual marker for our metro stations that are easily missed if you aren’t a familiarized and regular transit user. One of the first stations to get these new canopies in Downtown LA is in the Civic Center.

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LA Law Library in Downtown LA, Largest Outside D.C., Receives Major Facelift

The new facade and exterior improvements to the LA Law Library have dramatically improved the pedestrian realm on this section of 1st Street in Downtown LA

Did you know that the second largest public law library outside of Washington, D.C. (second only to the Library of Congress) is right here in Downtown LA? Yes, the Los Angeles Law Library, located at 1st and Broadway in the Civic Center, has an impressive collection of nearly 1 million books and documents pertaining to everything you could possibly want to know about the legal universe (yes, there are even volumes on “United States Space Law”). Although the library may still only be relevant to a certain niche (i.e., government officials, those studying law or preparing for a trial case for instance), I find it wonderful that this tremendous resource is here in Downtown LA, contributing to the prestige and significance of our urban center.

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Downtown LA Grand Park Now Open, But Remains Hidden Behind County Buildings

The newly open Grand Park in Downtown LA is well executed but the removal of the county buildings (seen above) is necessary to truly make this a great park

Yesterday was another step in the right direction toward urban maturity for Los Angeles. The largest portion of the 16-acre Grand Park opened to the public for the first time since access to the area was closed off two years ago for construction. Many Angelenos gathered to celebrate this milestone in Downtown LA as we continue to embrace urbanism. Two other sections of the park leading up to City Hall remain closed off for now — so that the vegetation/landscaping have time to grow in — with opening dates scheduled for August and October of this year.

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Did You Know: LA City Hall Lit Purple to Celebrate LGBT Heritage Month

LA City Hall will be lit purple until June 22 to celebrate LGBT Heritage Month

Have you noticed over the last couple of weeks that LA City Hall has been lit with a purple hue at night? In case you didn’t know, the purple (or lavender) color is meant to support the gay community celebrating LGBT Heritage Month in June (not for the LA King’s Stanley Cup win as many have thought!). Last weekend, LA Pride took place in West Hollywood with Mayor Villaraigosa showing his support by taking part in the parade, which makes its annual march down Santa Monica Blvd. The purple lighting at night will continue until June 22.

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