Count all the unforced disasters below coming your way soon on Wilshire if this project proceeds.
1. No more departments and collections:
The plan allocates no space for departmental collections, thereby dismantling the collections and departments.
2. A waste of land:
The plan bridges Wilshire and consumes the huge parking lot on Spaulding, gobbling up a $50 million property.
3. No future:
Using the Spaulding lot as a landing site for one end of the museum squanders the museum’s future, wasting its potential as a site for future expansion or for-profit development, or both.
4. Terrorist target:
Just drive up and park a truck bomb beneath the belly of the bridge and walk away and see the bodies and paintings fly.
5. Immovable walls, inflexible design:
In order to avoid using drywall, all interior gallery walls are to be built in concrete, which means curators are forever stuck with the same nonnegotiable configuration, plus walls that look like they barely survived the measles.
6. Wilshire ruined:
Wilshire Boulevard is a designated scenic highway, but this unwanted, unnecessary bridge cuts Wilshire in two and blight’s L.A.’s most elegant and historic boulevard. The new museum building resembles an Italian highway rest stop and makes you think of bathrooms.
7. What, no parking?
Neighborhood groups are already suing LACMA for plans to accommodate an alternative to the existing parking lot on Spaulding.
8. A carbon-generating hog:
The project’s carbon footprint is huge. Producing the cement for this massive concrete building will emit major plumes of CO2. Demolishing rather than adapting four existing buildings tosses out all its embodied energy. The roof was supposed to be covered in solar panels, but they were dropped, a casualty of the budget.