LA Considering Massif Central Park Above Highway 101
A major proposal is on the table to create a city park along a half mile above the Highway 101 in downtown Los Angeles. Dubbed Park 101, the proposal would create a roof garden on top and 101, which is currently cutting the trench through downtown and restrict access to important sites many pedestrians in the city.
A central downtown park will stitch together the central city, improve pedestrian access and strengthen those areas. CalTrans is to begin to seriously consider the proposal.
As planned, the park will stretch from the Grand along a path through Alameda and in certain areas will extend a bit on both sides of 101.
This road will most likely require upgrades – it must be dug a little deeper and underground parking lot will be added, with the hope of getting people to leave their cars once they get downtown.
Master plan also includes development to put some new signature buildings throughout the park as well as some additional mixed-use development, such as retailing and housing, to bring more than just business people to downtown.
Cost estimates are now in the range of $ 800 million and the company Aecom EDW design work on the launch plan, which is expected to occur in stages as money becomes available.
source : inhabitat