Gallery: LA Considering Massive Central Park Above Highway 101


A massive proposal is on the table to create a half mile-long urban park above a section of Highway 101 in downtown Los Angeles. Dubbed Park 101, the proposal would create a roof and park over the 101, which currently cuts a trench through the downtown area and restricts pedestrian access to many important sites in the city. A central downtown park would stitch together the downtown section, increase pedestrian access and invigorate the area. CalTrans is starting to seriously consider the idea — they’re having a community meeting next month to discuss it!

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  1. Erik van Lennep February 13, 2011 at 6:24 am

    …of course budgets are subject to expansion, but even at double the original, it’s a cheap enough “fix” for a ruptured community in a world city, and proper planning and cost sharing over time could return much of that through use-fees and rental of spaces, etc. Long-term economic strategies would balance investment in the conversion.

  2. Erik van Lennep February 13, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Does anybody have an update on this? It’s an intriguing solution, and the suggested budget seems very reasonable for the impact it could have….

  3. cactus May 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    The design firm doing the planning is a private firm, Aecom. The actual construction, if this happens, would likely also be bid on by private contractors. CalTrans has to do most of the coordination and approve it (and pay for it), because highways are part of their thing. It really can’t get much more private than that.

    It’ll sure be something worth seeing if they do it. I hope it happens.

  4. the capitalist May 5, 2010 at 12:48 am

    looks good the only problem i have with it is that its being made by caltrans

    leave it up to a private developer

    great idea nonetheless

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