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Future LA Convention Center to expand over Pico; but doesn't it do that already?

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2012, at 02:45PM
Courtesy Populous Designs

A rendering of "Pico Passage" that would be created by the Pico expansion of the convention center.

When plans for the expansion of the L.A. Convention Center were released to a special city council committee last week, descriptions of the construction included "expanding over Pico Boulevard."

But the convention center already does that. So what exactly do the new plans entail?

Now, there is a small concourse of the convention center that bridges over Pico Boulevard, connecting the South Hall to the West Hall. The new plans indicate massive construction that may result in an entirely new "multipurpose" hall built over Pico as well as an expansion of the South Hall to form one long, contiguous hall. This will then connect the convention center to the future Farmers Field football stadium.

The area created underneath all these new Pico structures has been dubbed the catchy, "Pico Passage." It will serve as one of the convention center's featured entrances and according to the designs presented by Populous, include a decorative, futuristic-looking "LACOEX" welcome sign and a large lobby.

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