Tuesday, April 3, 2012

L.A.'s Purple Line subway plan is bad news for the arts

With its decision to raze three tiny institutions on Wilshire Boulevard, the MTA is unreasonably targeting the weakest kids on Museum Row.

It's hardly where you'd expect to find such news, but an environmental impact statement just issued by the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Purple Line subway contains an ominous report on the status of the arts in Los Angeles. According to the document, before the transportation agency begins digging tunnels through the tar-and-fossil-filled veins of San Pedro sand that lie beneath Wilshire Boulevard, it will aim an above-ground wrecker's ball at three of L.A.'s most vulnerable arts establishments, leveling the city's only architecture museum along with two other gallery spaces that are part of the city's Museum Row.

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