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April 27, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Talk about raining on your own parade. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority coaxed Renzo Piano from Paris, Ban van Berkel from Amsterdam and a bunch of talented local architects from the far Westside and brought them together Wednesday afternoon at Union Station. The occasion was the unveiling of six conceptual plans for Union Station and the surrounding neighborhood. Metro bought the historic landmark and an attached 40-acre parcel of land last year; it holds entitlements to build as much as 6 million square feet of new shops, offices and housing there, and it is running an international competition to find a master-planning team.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Actor Liev Schreiber and crew from the new Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" were filming at Union Station in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, joining a surge in local TV production this quarter. Production days for television shoots jumped 30% last week and are up 29% so far in the second quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data from FilmL.A. Inc. Feature production activity also continues to rise, but at a slower pace. Feature production days (from April 1 through Sunday)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2005 | Randy Lewis
When the going gets tough, some counterculture wag observed a couple of decades ago, the tough get weird. So as the record industry continues to grapple with sliding sales, file-sharing and other woes, strange new trends keep emerging. Case in point: Fans of Alison Krauss and Union Station who pick up the country-bluegrass queen's new album, "Home on the Highways," can ask the cashier to ring it up with a side order of baked apple dumplings to go.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2006
May 3, 1939: Half a million people attended the opening of Union Station, built at a cost of $11 million by the three major railroads serving Los Angeles. The three-day celebration included pageants and a historical transportation parade made up of horsemen, mule drivers, stagecoaches, trolleys and an 1869 locomotive. People jammed into downtown "to see a dream come true right before their eyes," The Times reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2009 | By Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously urged the California High Speed Rail Authority to consider two proposed alternatives for the bullet train stop at Union Station downtown. Councilman Ed Reyes said the alternatives were crucial to protecting residents in East L.A. as planners determine the route for the 800-mile bullet train between Northern California and San Diego. Proponents say the train would carry passengers from L.A. to San Francisco in about 2 1/2 hours.
NEWS
March 12, 1992
Union Station Foundation will hold its monthly community fund-raising dinner Monday from 3 to 9 p.m. at Green Street Restaurant, 146 S. Shoppers Lane. Under the program, local restaurants give part of the proceeds from the evening to assist Union Station's work with Pasadena's poor and homeless. Union Station provides meals for up to 225 people daily, temporary housing for 56 each night and case management, referral and recovery services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County transportation officials approved an agreement Thursday to buy historic Union Station in downtown L.A. for $75 million ? a purchase that will clear the way for the expansion of transit operations and new development on the property. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board decided to buy the rail hub from Catellus Operating Limited Partnership, which is owned by ProLogis based in Colorado. The deal, which is expected to close in 30 days, includes 38 acres and development rights to 5.9 million square feet of property around the station.
NEWS
February 3, 1994
Free commuter bus service started Monday between Union Station and Hollywood. The service was originally scheduled to begin this spring, but was initiated this week to help ease commuting pressures in the wake of the Jan. 17 earthquake. It is expected to serve up to 250 commuters daily. There are four morning trips from Union Station to Hollywood starting at 6:28 a.m. and four afternoon return trips to Union Station starting at 3:43 p.m.
NEWS
July 14, 1985 | DEBORAH HASTINGS, Times Staff Writer
Eight business owners have filed suit against the city to block the relocation of Union Station, a soup kitchen and temporary shelter for the homeless that recently won approval to move after a long and bitter fight with its prospective neighbors. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks for a review of the city's actions concerning Union Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2011 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
California's High-Speed Rail Authority announced Wednesday that it is earmarking more than $30 million for land acquisition and related projects in the Los Angeles area, much of it expected to go toward buying downtown's Union Station. The historic rail hub, which would be jointly purchased with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is slated to be a major stop on the 800-mile statewide bullet train system. Officials want control of the 38-acre site so they can make improvements needed to handle an expected surge in passenger traffic from a proposed Westside subway extension and a new downtown rail connection, as well as high-speed rail.
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