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Life by Design

One of my last stories as a full-time freelancer. It was a lot of work getting these people to recall decades of history, but the end product was worth it. 

Text: Carren Jao
Edited by: Chris Clarke
Published: 14 April 2017, KCET

It was Wednesday, August 2, 1769. Father Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, set out westward alongside a European expedition through California. On that day he spied “very large, very green bottomlands, seeming from afar to be Cornfield...”

Father Crespi’s description may just be a quirk of translation from Spanish to English, but water quality advocate, architect and former University of Southern California professor Arthur Golding likes to think that the explorer-missionary was marveling at a lush piece of land Angelenos now actually do call the Cornfield.

“This site is historic, beyond what is generally mentioned,” says Golding.

He would know. Almost twenty years ago, he was among the leading figures in a struggle to reclaim one of the last pieces of open land for the people of Los Angeles — what Angelenos would someday call Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP), a 34-acre park that opens this April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. [read more]

"Cornfields" Near Downtown L.A. | Gary Leonard


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