LA City Hall Lied To Residents About Much-Needed Park in Koreatown

LA City Hall leaders reneged on their promise to build a Koreatown park, then approved a 346-unit luxury housing complex

Grace Yoo and her neighbors desperately needed a park in Koreatown, one of the most dense, park-poor communities in Los Angeles. City Hall politicians promised to make it happen, but then a politically connected developer came along. Within L.A.'s rigged and unfair planning and land-use system, the residents never had a chance.

City Hall leaders not only reneged on their promise, but they gave the developer the approval to build a 346-unit luxury housing complex where the park should have been. Koreatown activist Grace Yoo, a strong supporter of Measure S, and her neighbors were shocked, saddened and justifiably furious.

"Los Angeles is the most park-poor of America's 65 biggest cities," says Yoo. "There's just nowhere left to breath here in Koreatown. So city leaders promised us a park. Then they betrayed us. They lied!"

To add insult to injury, City Hall leaders recently approved a 27-story luxury housing skyscraper for jam-packed Koreatown that even the City Planning Commission deemed "wildly inappropriate."

But that's how things work in L.A.'s broken planning and land-use system -- developers throw around major campaign cash and get preferential treatment; ordinary people are ignored and lied to; and the developer gets what he wants, even though the community will suffer.

It's why Angelenos from across our great city are supporting Measure S. It will start the process of fixing L.A.'s rigged system -- and will return power back to residents.

"Save our neighborhoods," says Yoo. "Vote Yes on S on March 7."

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