Civic Center Los Angeles Development City committee approves plan to overhaul Downtown LA’s Civic Center

The Los Angeles City Council’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee approved on Tuesday a master plan for Downtown LA’s Civic Center that would dramatically reshape the area and ensure demolition of the historic Parker Center building, which served as LAPD headquarters from 1955 to 2009.

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council elected not to landmark the Parker Center building, citing its controversial history and close ties with the racial injustices of LA’s past. The master plan, which has been in the works since 2015, calls for the Welton Becket-designed building’s demolition—though some historical elements, including the recognizable exterior sculpture by Bernard J. Rosenthal, are set to be preserved. continu reading