How a plan to create a much-needed park in Koreatown withered

April 15, 2016
Koreatown is a densely packed neighborhood short on green space. A 346-unit luxury apartment building is going up on the spot where a park was proposed.
Koreatown is a densely packed neighborhood short on green space. A 346-unit luxury apartment building is going up on the spot where a park was proposed.
Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Five years after a parcel of land in populous and urban Koreatown was seeded for a public park, CityView is breaking ground on a 346-unit luxury apartment building. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a professor in UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ department of Urban Planning, laments the disconnect between residents, businessmen, and interest groups, commenting that “where people do not have much political power, they don’t have a strong voice to demand parks.”

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