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City Councilmember weighs in on design choice for Pershing Square, and how homelessness will factor into its remodel

A rendering of the winning design for the new Pershing Square in downtown L.A.
A rendering of the winning design for the new Pershing Square in downtown L.A.

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After whittling down the entries to four finalists, Councilman Jose Huizar and his Pershing Square Renew team have chosen a French architecture firm’s design for the upcoming revitalization of Pershing Square Park in downtown L.A.

The winning design, submitted by the French firm Agence Ter, will focus on what one of the firm’s founders calls “radical flatness.” The sidewalks around the park will be opened up to the park itself, more shady spots would be created, and they’d skim five or so feet off the top of the parking garage beneath the park to bring everything back to sidewalk level.

In the midst of the excitement surrounding the park’s redesign, there are still questions about how downtown’s homeless population could play a role. The refurbishment of the park could be all for naught if downtown residents don’t go because it’s become a new place for the homeless to set up camp.

What will the newly-designed park look like? What new features can we expect? How will the city mitigate the downtown homeless issue while focusing on making Pershing Square Park a place people want to go?


Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 14th District, which includes Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, and El Sereno.