December 13, 1998 |
Venice's Piazza San Marco. Moscow's Red Square. Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The urban plaza is where civic life is played out, where the chaotic energy of the city spills over into the open. Soon Los Angeles--a city famously devoid of communal space--may get its own, more humble, version. Later this month, a model of the Central Avenue Art Park--a $2.5-million-plus plan to convert the interior of the block bordered by 1st and Temple streets in Little Tokyo into a vast 11.