Public policy think tank The Norman Lear Center at USC, is still hoping to be the gadfly buzzing around the ears of developer Related Cos. as they unveil plans for Grand Ave's 16-acre park. The park plans (covered by Curbed here) have already been slammed by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. Now it's Lear Center director Marty Kaplan's turn to disparage the design. For the better part of the past three years, the Lear Center has been promoting its Grand Intervention, to call for greater civic input into the park's design. Faced with an inability to change the park's greatest constraint (namely, its budget), the Lear Center moves on from its disappointment over broken promises ("the new Central Park of LA"?) and asks not for design input, but programming ideas: "If you have an idea for the kinds of year-round activities that should go on at the new civic park, especially ones that don't require new sugar daddies, this is the moment to love-bomb Related with suggestions." Bomb away, folks.
· What kind of park does L.A. need? [LA Times]
· Report: Last Night's Grand Avenue Civic Park Meeting [Curbed LA]