Petitioning Councilman Mitchell Englander and 16 others

Mayor Garcetti, LA City Council, Recreation and Parks: Don't Re-envision Pershing Square: Restore Pershing Square!

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 formation of The Re-envisioning Pershing Square Task Force (since replaced by Pershing Square Renew) and 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 Re-envision Pershing Square: Restore Pershing Square!

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Letter to
Councilman Mitchell Englander
Councilman Joe Buscaino
Councilman Mitch O'Farrell
and 14 others
Councilman Mike Bonin
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.
Councilman Felipe Fuentes
Councilwoman Nury Martinez
Councilman Tom LaBonge
Councilman Bob Blumenfield
Councilman Gilbert Cedillo
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Councilman Paul Koretz
Councilman Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Councilman Paul Krekorian
Councilman Jose Huizar
Councilman Bernard Parks
The Department of Recreation and Parks
Don't Re-envision Pershing Square: Restore Pershing Square!