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Pershing Square

532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California, United States
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  • Pershing Square
    Kat Marr Stephenson
    2 Mar 24, 2014

    Leaving Simi Valley to visit Pershing Square for the first time in my life for my 54th Birthday. Hope I don't get cut up or gunned down. Meeting my brother and being accompanied by my 81 yr old Mum. Checking out the jewelry mart.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Mar 24, 2014

    Because of its central location and its "from the ground" views of the Los Angeles skyline, Pershing Square is an excellent starting point for walking tours of downtown Los Angeles. Its underground parking provides a reasonably priced, convenient area in which to leave your car. You may be comforted by the fact that the garage, built during the Cold War, was constructed to withstand an atomic bomb blast. This is the starting point for most of the Los Angeles Conservancy's downtown walking tours.

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    Chris Fink
    5 Nov 17, 2012

    Very kool place! Had a Instagram Meetup there this past weekend! Really quite a few places all around there to see & snap pictures of & enjoy! Recommend visiting it ASAP if you live in the area! Definitely more fun with a group, as I found!

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    Christoph Wagner
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    4 Sep 08, 2012

    It's got nothing on San Francisco's Union Square, but at least the city is trying hard to revive it as a public plaza.
    There's an ice skating rink in the winter (December/January). Also occasional festivals or markets are held here.

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    Danric Jaime
    3 Mar 24, 2014

    Cool spot! Maybe a bit shady because of the homeless people around. However, during the day on Wednesdays, there is a farmers market. During the summer, I believe there are free concerts/movie showings from Thursday through Saturday. In the winter, there is a skating rink that they build. It's easy to get to because the red line has a subway stop right there.

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  • Pershing Square
    Becky M.
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    2 Jul 05, 2012

    I'm not quite sure why you would make a special outing to see Pershing Square unless you're going ice skating here in the winter. It's sort of a space-planning disaster -- I don't know what the designers who walled off the park space and tried to make it "modern" and colorful were thinking, but it's filled with homeless people and weirdos and smells a lot like a public toilet.

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    JohnMichael
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Who knew that there was so much history behind this square?
    Much less DTLA?

    Grant it that I'm not much of a fan for the interesting concrete modern look but it is interesting never the less. I could go for more green and trees and what not but perhaps it was some kind of social critique from that time frame. Who knows? I was here on a tour and learned a whole lot about a bunch of interesting, yet trivial things that really had nothing to do with the food tour that I was on. Despite it all, I enjoyed the lesson which only fueled my hunger for the rest of the tour.

    Did you know that the pond like thing in the park was designed to increase and decrease in relation to the tide.. and that the crack that you see in their is to help decrease the volume of water and also represent the california fault line. Who knew? And that the original trees and plants that was found their was collected and sold to Walt Disney to be used on the site of the Jungle Adventure Ride.
    That's right. So much history!
    Who knew?
    ;D

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    Carlie Yapp
    1 Jul 03, 2012

    This place used to be a lush park until the City of Los Angeles redesigned it to be more modern. The redesign was somewhat spurred by the City's homeless that used to spend much of there day there (sleeping under trees, on grass). So Los Angeles decided to make it more modern (concrete, steel benches etc... to dissuade them from hanging out or sleeping there). The homeless are still there....good thinking City of Los Angeles.

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    Tiffany G
    4 Sep 01, 2013
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    Kip Stolberg
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    3 Oct 06, 2011
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3.0 out of 5
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997 people visited Pershing Square

Description

A busy public space dating back to 1886, Pershing Square is right in the middle of downtown. Once filled with lampposts, palm trees and a central fountain, this five-acre area was reinvented by architect Ricardo Legorreta in 1984 to acclimate it to its transformed surroundings. The park has since been stripped of its grass and trees, and is now dominated by a 120-foot high purple campanile ... read more
(tower), a Legorreta favorite. The park is also full of Californian symbols, the most prominent of which is a fake fault line that runs from one corner of the park to the other.

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