Weekly Snapshot: Ban Cars in L.A.'s Downtown?

June 10, 2011
Gold Line at East Los Angeles Civic Center Station. Photo by flickr user transitpeople.

In preparation for their relocation to Downtown L.A., Gensler, one of the world's largest architectural firms, has already envisioned how to make the neighborhood a more energized, livable place. The firm, in partnership with three Cal Poly architecture students, has published a video showcasing their recommendations for the area. One such proposal is make the downtown car-free, pushing all parking to the perimeter, and replacing the overwhelming number of parking structures with cultural institutions, educational facilities, and housing.
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