MGarito | Design | New Wilshire
This studio was focused on urban renewal and development along major corridors within the city of Los Angeles. In addition to making proposals for future development, we were challenged to understand the historic forces that created the conditions we find the corridors in today as a means to better envision the future of these primary arteries. Here we are looking at Wilshire Boulevard, which runs from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica, with specific interest in the area know as Korea Town.
The project's name plays on the One Wilshire Building, the downtown terminus of Wilshire Boulevard.
The first historic photo of Wilshire Boulevard is from 1918, while the second historic photo of Wilshire Boulevard is from 1941.
From these two images the immense growth imposed on the region by the adoption of the automobile is clearly illustrated. Prior to the development of the freeway system Wilshire Boulevard quickly became the predominate east - west route connecting the central business district to the growing suburbs.
We then evaluated the boulevard at five distinct locations, downtown, Korea town, La Cienaga at Fairfax, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica, taking into consideration at each location the demographic data of ethnicity, age, gender, and status of ownership. We then compared that to distribution of parcel size and assigned zoning classification.
We then moved into studying the area of Korea town more specifically, generating the series of maps shown here.
Using a development logic based on assigning specific values of growth to locations within the specified study zone, oriented around certain existing characteristics, such as proximity to parks or schools, we were able to begin proposing future development. In this scenario we restricted ourselves to the use of flat parking lots for possible growth.
With our analysis of the existing conditions we moved forward with taking advantage of a large gap in Metro Rail's coverage to propose urban redevelopment focused around a new metro stop on the existing red line adjacent Lafyette Park.
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Historic Images From: Imaging Los Angles: Photographs of a 20th Century City; Los Angeles Times, 2000. pg24 and pg 110.