More pretty things for the MacArthur Park area, this time right within the park. The Community Redevelopment Agency announced last week they approved $100,000 for a new bronze statue of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, along with a spire that includes ascending doves, curved stone benches, and tributes to Central American nations, all at the southeast corner of the park, not far from that recently ground-broken transit-oriented development. The monument will serve as a place to sit and meditate, according to the CRA/LA, which is working on the addition as part of their Westlake Recovery Redevelopment Project. The WRRP recently received a grant to move forward on the rehabbing of the Westlake Theatre that would include 49 new affordable housing units. In case you were wondering, Romero was a leader of a non-violent social justice movement during a time of civil war; he was assassinated in 1980.
· MacArthur Park Apartment Project Will Clean Up Streets [Curbed LA]
· Westlake Theatre Plan Moves Forward [Curbed LA]
· CRA [Official Site]