Yesterday afternoon, teams of architects, landscape architects, designers and planners gathered at Union Station to reveal their preliminary visions for a renewed and improved Union Station. Each team presented one 30″ by 40″ poster board illustrating an ambitious vision and Master Plan for the existing Union Station and surrounding land.
While the original Union Station was preserved in each design proposal, common themes for the surrounding area included mixed-use, high density housing and shopping, and ample green space in the form of parks and a restored Los Angeles river. Many emphasized creating a Master Plan connecting Union Station to the surrounding districts – the Pueblo, Little Tokyo, Civic Center and Arts District, while also remaking the Alameda District into an iconic place that improves the quality of life for transit users and residents. Of course, the LADOT Bike Program was there to see how the future of bicyclists would figure into these plans.
In June, Metro will announce the winning team that will have the privilege of working on the Union Station Master Plan. We look forward to seeing their plans for incorporating bike-friendly design features including bike racks and bike lockers. What would you suggest to the winning team?