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Columbus Circle: A Model for L.A.?

Once lacking the pace of the rest of New York, Columbus Circle, including the Time Warner Center, is being used as a model for L.A.’s downtown plans. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Since its redesign two years ago, thousands have visited Manhattan’s “mini-city” at Columbus Circle. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
L.A’s Grand Avenue project will be spearheaded by Related Cos., the same developer that built the Time Warner Center. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
The plan for the rejuvenation of Columbus Circle is being used as a model for L.A.’s Grand Avenue project on Bunker Hill. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Visitors relax at the base of the monument at Columbus Circle across from the Time Warner Center, whose success Grand Avenue developers hope to replicate in downtown L.A. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)