A big open space most Angelinos have never heard of is slated to be the location of a 32-acre state park--unless it replaces Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. That's a proposal by one of three architectural design teams asked to draw plans for the Cornfield, a former railroad yard between Chinatown and the LA River. The winner will be chosen tomorrow. We hear what the competing designs look like and what's at stake for downtown LA.
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The Cornfield is a 32-acre strip of open land bounded by North Broadway and North Spring Street in downtown LA between Chinatown and the Los Angeles River. It's across the 101 Freeway from Elysian Park. It never was really a cornfield at all, but when it was a railroad yard, cornstalks sprouted from seeds that spilled from boxcars. After the railroads moved out, there were protests against turning it into an industrial site, and the state parks department bought the property five years ago. It's now an "interim park," with an amphitheater and four acres of open turf, awaiting the results of an international design competition. Tomorrow, State Parks Director Ruth Coleman will announce which of three landscape architectural competitors will be asked to draw final plans for a new state park.
Elizabeth Goldstein, California State Parks Foundation (@calparks)
Mia Lehrer, Founding principal of Mia Lehrer + Associates
Arthur Golding, Architect and urban designer
Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects