Join us this week as we talk with Philip Estes, Regional Planner for the County of Los Angeles, about his work developing a new historic preservation ordinance. We’ll also sit down with community advocate and gallery director Jonathan Jerald and former CRA/LA urban planner Donald Spivack to discuss the unusual origins of downtown L.A.‘s Arts District, the challenges that come with its growing popularity, and the human threads that are keeping it all together.

Plus musings on the pending demolition of the First Street Store, the national trend of privatizing public parks comes to a head as a non-profit seeks to take control of NYC’s Washington Square Park, L.A.‘s plans for a new park at First and Spring Streets, remembering Henry Hope Reed, dogs vs. children and public humiliation at the new Spring Street Park, and a sad West Adams Bishop’s Mansion update. All this and more, as Kim & Richard usher in the week of June 24th, 2013.

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space website.

Gale Holland’s L.A. Times feature on the dissolution of the Arts District BID.

Community blog fighting the Conservancy seeking to take control of Washington Square Park.

Remember Henry Hope Reed.

Children vs. Dogs in Downtown’s newest pocket park. (See also how the non-profit which hopes to maintain the park is shaming park visitors.)

Yet another Downtown park planned for First & Spring.

First Street Store to be demolished.

Bishop’s Mansion update: appeal denied, one more West Adams landmark is lost.