Tuesday, May 10, 2005

VA VA VA-boom?

the latimes writes that the VA campus in westwood is once again up for development. possibly. again:

VA officials have hired a consulting firm and appointed an advisory panel to determine how the land should be divvied up. There should be no shortage of development ideas.In the past the VA land has been eyed by medical researchers, theater producers, advertising executives, filmmakers, home builders, sports teams, apartment developers, transportation companies and operators of museums, restaurants and schools.

but as one of the few remaining open spaces in LA, there is a vocal group of anti-development activists. the campus has been the site of controversy for years, with vested and opposing interests debating its use. while the development plan is discussed, VA officials have said a portion of the space has already been dedicated to a veteran's home and a residential center for families of veterans undergoing medical treatment, as well as VA offices currently located in the federal bulding.

the space isn't only one of the last open public spaces in LA, its also apparently home to some of the best bbq west of the mississippi (on fridays only).


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