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November 3, 2008
Re "Another go-round for square," Column One, Oct. 31 If Pershing Square is to have another update, so be it. But please, please, leave in place the undulating wall at the south end of the park, on which is inscribed memorable words by author Carey McWilliams, written after sleeping off a drunken stupor at the Biltmore Hotel. It is quintessential L.A. I take my local friends and out-of-town guests there to read it. If you haven't already seen and read it, you must! Joy Picus Woodland Hills
March 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in conjunction with Pershing Square will host a St. Patrick's Day celebration that will include a parade and concert. Organizers are expecting about 5,000 people to attend Monday's public event, which will also include food trucks and a beer garden. The event will begin with the launch of a parade at 5 th and Hill Streets, which will include L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge , the L.A. Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band and 32 uniformed police officers from Berlin, Germany.
July 6, 1999
Cartoonist Paul Conrad has sunk to a new low in portraying our esteemed past President George Bush as a horse (June 25)! Shame on you! Your hatred of us Republicans always shows! LUCILLE V. PERSHING Burbank
January 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About a dozen people held signs near Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening during a protest over the acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The Answer L.A. civil rights group called for the emergency protest a day after former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty of multiple charges filed in Orange County.  "When one of us kills, we spend the rest of our lives in prison," protester Doug Kauffman said.
April 24, 1985
American experts have traced the fatal fire in a Pershing 2 missile three months ago to a freak electrical discharge, not human error, West German government sources said. The accident Jan. 11 at a training site in West Germany killed three American soldiers and injured 16. The sources said static electricity was discharged into the solid-fuel propellant of the unarmed nuclear missile's first stage.
December 20, 1987
The Community Redevelopment Agency has approved a $273,000 loan to the Church and Temple Housing Corp. to rehabilitate the 31-unit Pennsylvania Hotel, 452 S. Main St. This is the first project to be financed under a program that offers owners of older residential downtown buildings favorable loan terms to earthquake-proof and preserve their low-income housing units. The nonprofit corporation is a partnership formed between Leo Baeck Temple and All Saints Episcopal Church.
The lingering symbol of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games--the statues of two nude, headless athletes at the peristyle entrance of the Coliseum--will remain undraped during the start of the Olympic torch relay Saturday morning.
March 14, 1992
The recently televised debut of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" was quite entertaining but flawed historically. The cavalry troops serving under Gen. John J. Pershing were black, not white. My stepfather, Victor Humphries, soldiered in the famous punitive incursion into Mexico and was wounded in the campaign. Pershing was not called Black Jack because of the hue of his hair or the shade of his horse but for the color of his cavalrymen. MICHAEL WIMBERLY Glendale Pershing was nicknamed Black Jack when he fought with the black 10th Cavalry Regiment in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.
February 4, 1990
I very much appreciated Sam Hall Kaplan's reference in his "Closing a Decade of Design: Some Hits and Misses" (Dec. 31) to the troubles of the Pershing Square redevelopment organization, and I wish that he would pursue it. When I called them last year to ask why no progress had been made, I was angrily told that "people like you" had not supported or donated to the cause and that this was necessary because business did not want to fund it alone....
October 30, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
A prime development site overlooking Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a San Francisco developer. The pending sale to MacFarlane Partners marks the end of Park Fifth, one of the most ambitious real estate projects ever proposed in downtown Los Angeles, and the dawn of another, less grand, development. In 2007, plans for a $1-billion residential and hotel complex were announced by Los Angeles developer David Houk, who had owned land at the northeast corner of 5th and Olive streets for decades.
August 27, 2013 | By Gale Holland
Pershing Square, one of Los Angeles' oldest parks, may be getting a makeover. Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday named 20 business representatives, property owners, and architectural and design experts to a task force to seek money and legislation to redesign the benighted square in the heart of downtown. Task force members include Brian Glodney of Gensler architects; Melani Smith of Melendrez Design Partners; and Gail Goldberg, the city of Los Angeles' former director of planning.
August 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man died Tuesday afternoon after he was struck by a Metro Red Line train, authorities said. The man "was struck or ran over by the train" about 3 p.m. at the Pershing Square station, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The man, who was pronounced dead on scene, was not identified except for his age of about 35. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident. It was not immediately clear what sorts of delays were caused by the death on the tracks.
August 3, 2013 | By Anh Do
Local civil rights groups plan to hold a rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles in memory of Trayvon Martin and to protest what they say is institutional racism in the nation's criminal justice system. The gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pershing Square. A Florida jury last month acquitted George Zimmerman, who is a mixed-race Latino, on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 fatal shooting Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. The verdict set off angry protests and rallies across the country.
March 2, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles, more than most cities, has defined itself by continual bursts of expansion and an unflagging optimism about its place in the world. But as the city has grown to a population nearing 4 million, we've neglected some major holes in the civic fabric. Los Angeles has become as well known for its high-profile architectural and urban-planning failures - for the buildings, institutions and public spaces we can't seem to get right - as for its innovations or breakthroughs. This is particularly true for our civic architecture, which has never matched the ambition and allure of the region's private houses and high-end commercial enclaves.
February 7, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Pity Pershing Square. It's been put through more makeovers than Joan Rivers, and the results haven't been nearly as presentable. Other cities brag about their urban parks. Ours -- except for the big glamor-pusses like Griffith Park -- we tend to try to keep tucked out of sight. Here's Pershing Square, supposedly the green heart of downtown, and the city seems to want it walled off from sight, a place kept so bare and stark that you could hose it down at night like a prison yard -- with just enough landscaping, as a Times colleague once wrote, to serve as a “cheap wig” for the parking garage below.
November 22, 2012
EVENTS Now in its 15th year, Pershing Square's "Downtown on Ice" continues to offer its geographically improbable wonders for holiday revelers and frustrated hockey enthusiasts of all types. The rink is even open on Thanksgiving for those looking for a way to burn off the turkey and stuffing for themselves or visiting family members. 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Daily through Jan. 21. $6 per hour, $2 skate rental.
October 25, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The security guard and the Occupier were deep in philosophical discussion. Someone had posted a video of police at Pershing Square throwing a violent mentally ill woman to the ground. "Everybody has a job to do," said the guard, heavy-set, hospital-blue shirt pinned with a metal badge. The sky smelled like rain. On the concrete plaza, men slumped, one to a table, beneath forest-green cafe umbrellas. Duffel and sleeping bags lay at their feet. "I could be the bigger person and try to connect with that lady," the Occupier said, obligatory gray hoodie covering his hair.
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