FIDM and Grand Hope Park

Southwest corner of 9th and Grand

Completed in April 1990, this building is a major addition to the South Park neighborhood. The Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandizing is near the garment district (recently renamed the "Fashion District"). Above right is the angel that protects the east entrance to FIDM. On the same block is MONA (Museum of Neon Art), opened in 1996.

Grand Hope Park

Southeast corner of Hope and 9th streets

Built from 1989-1993 using plans by Lawrence Halprin, this two and a half acre site was set aside as early as 1975. The park is the center of a large new urban development called South Park. The theme intended for this park was one that would bring functional art, as well as nature, to an urban setting. Its features include a clock tower, a fountain, and a grassy area teeming with coyote statues. The opening of the park was delayed because of a controversy surrounding the inclusion of a security fence.

PHOTOS: J. Mapes