Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park has been a big success. The mayor is inaugurated there, and the public enjoys free July 4th and New Year's Eve celebrations, ballet, yoga, dancing and book fairs. The community potential is endless.
Unfortunately, not satisfied with creating a community treasure, our city leaders decided to kitsch it up with a Budweiser-sponsored Labor Day weekend concert festival that will charge admission, forgetting about Mr. and Mrs. Average Angeleno.
Grand Park is not suitable as a mass performance venue in terms of traffic, crowd flow and crowd control, and parking and facilities for large numbers of people.
Grand Park should not be for sale but should be enjoyed as a public space serving everyone.