There hasn't been much movement of note on the plan to cap the 101 Freeway through Downtown since way back in 2013, when the Los Angeles City Council voted to join forces with the nonprofit Friends of Park 101 to try and find federal, state, and local funding for the project that would turn the unoccupied air above the freeway into pedestrian thoroughfares linking up two sections of Downtown long divided by the highway. In the down time, let's keep those dreams alive with a little positive visualization.
This video from Breadtruck Films does just that, showing the fantastic possibilities that could be created if the freeway-laced area between the Civic Center and Chinatown, Olvera Street and Union Station were topped with a vast green space. Friends of Park 101 imagine room for parkland, outdoor music events, soccer fields, and kite-flying.
Farther up the 101, in Hollywood, there are plans to cap the freeway and build a 38-acre park with an amphitheater, a dog park, a bed and breakfast; that project's in its environmental review stage, a lot closer to reality than the Downtown plan. Now to get Park 101 there.
· Park 101 [Vimeo]
· City Getting Serious About Cap Park Over the 101 Downtown [Curbed LA]
· Work Begins to Put Huge Park on Top of the 101 in Hollywood [Curbed LA]