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Will downtown L.A.'s Grand Park succeed?: A Times Google+ Hangout

July 25, 2012 |  4:52 pm

The Times will host a Google+ Hangout Thursday at 11 a.m. on downtown L.A.'s Grand Park with Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne and reporter Sam Allen, hosted by City Editor Shelby Grad.

This week, after a $56-million renovation, that 12-acre rectangle from the top of Bunker Hill to the base of City Hall will be christened as L.A.'s Grand Park, providing downtown with its first sizable amount of open space.

To city leaders, Grand Park provides a changing community with much-needed open space, a respite from the grind of city life as well as a hub for community events. They also hope it will play a big role in downtown's future growth, helping spur more development in the area and create more of a residential feel.

Photos: Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park

But will Grand Park be enough?

Urban planners — and downtown residents — say it remains an open question whether the space will measure up to other popular urban spaces and how broadly it will be embraced by the region.

We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or onto The Times’ Facebook and Google Plus pages or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.


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