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Dear Commissioners & Executive Director Seroka,
We the undersigned call on the Los Angeles Harbor Commission and the Port of Los Angeles to immediately take action to ensure the long-term preservation of the historic documents in your care, which in early 2015 were moved from their climate-controlled archival storage building to open dockside warehouses, where they are rapidly deteriorating due to the presence of high humidity, insect infestation and feral cats. We also call on you to reinstate scholarly and public access to this priceless historic material, and to bring on qualified staff members to manage and care for the archives.
For nearly 150 years, Pershing Square has been the public square in the center of Los Angeles, at the heart of the city's social, cultural and political life. But a series of insensitive redesigns, beginning in the 1950s, has resulted in a confused and ugly park that is a blot on the redeveloping Downtown.
We the undersigned applaud the civic drive to fix Pershing Square. But Pershing Square doesn't need another redesign. It needs to be restored to the classic, beautiful design that was torn up in 1951 to build the parking lot and bomb shelter: with a central fountain, sculptures placed in their historic locations, diagonal paths, shade trees, benches and street-level views and pedestrian access.
Don't Redesign Pershing Square: Restore Pershing Square!
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