Tape Watch: Some of Pershing Square Reopens
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Yesterday some of the Pershing Square tape came down, and ended up piled in the crate you can see pictured. Basic gist is that the east side periphery of the park is now open, as is the seating on the southeast side. The grass area and the seating area on the northwest side of the park remain closed.
It's a very welcome change, but an incomplete one. The grass area remains the central feature of the park. The fact that it is closed is the first thing people notice when they enter the park.
More after the jump.
Yesterday, walking around the newly opened areas I came to a realization: this tree-covered walkway on the southeast side of the park is its most compelling public space. In retrospect it's pretty obvious. It's shady. It has seating. It's green. In short it's most of the things the rest of the park isn't.
I'm headed out of town tomorrow (to go get married; more on that later), but I really hope the Pershing Square issue keeps getting brought up while I'm gone. Like the park or not, it's important public space.