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Opinion: Westside Subway Extension Hurts Museum Row

An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times says the Purple Line extension is not good for some of Los Angeles' smaller museums.

The Westside Subway Extension is a hot topic for residents, business owners and schools, but how will it affect the local arts community?

An opinion piece in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times says the extension of the Purple Line through Museum Row to Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood will mark the end of some smaller museums and galleries near LACMA and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The news came in Metro's final report and recommendations on the Westside Subway Extension in the details regarding buildings that will be appropriated for the planned Fairfax stop. The author of the piece is Greg Goldin, who writes about architecture for Los Angeles Magazine and co-curated an exhibition at one of the galleries.

The A+D architecture museum, the Steve Turner Contemporary galleries, and the Edward Cella Art+Architecture will be on the chopping block, but the Times editorial says the gallery owners all support the subway extension.

As gallery owner Edward Cella says, "I have great sympathy for the subway project. It's a dream of all Los Angeles." But that doesn't mean he's happy about the ouster. "I purposely moved my gallery from Santa Barbara to be in this network of spaces next to the A+D, across the street from LACMA, down the block from the Petersen. The context is irreplaceable." -- Los Angeles Times editorial

To read the complete editorial, click here.

George Vreeland Hill April 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Say no to Metro. They are not going to change our way of life. George Vreeland Hill
Chris Loos April 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
No one's forcing you to ride it, Georgie.
Joe April 13, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Oh no. We may be able to get from Westwood to downtown in 25 minutes without using gas or paying for parking. Not on my watch!!!

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