L.A.’s New State Historic Park Is Both a Miracle and a Missed Opportunity

To Fix It, We Need Big Donors. More Trees Would Be Nice, Too.

Riddle: When is a miracle also bound to be a disappointment?

Answer: When the miracle is a project of the state of California.

A case in point is the recent opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, an event that contains many miracles.

Miracle one: It’s a large (32 acres) park—with broad grassy fields large enough to fly a kite or hold a big concert, buildings with community meeting space, and a signature bridge with selfie-ready views of the downtown skyline—in the densely crowded center of park-poor Los Angeles. Miracle …

Losing Don Pío’s Place

A Flawed Monument to Los Angeles’ Distant Past Could Close

The one-time home of Pío de Jesus Pico IV, last governor of California during Mexican rule, is wedged between the 605 Freeway and train tracks, and crisscrossed overhead by jets …