The Southwest Museum is surrounded by a rich cultural and historical district that can be tied together to tell the Story of Place. Within this district is the Charles Lummis Home, Casa de Adobe, Heritage Square, the Arroyo Seco, Debs Park, and the Audubon Society; the Southwest Museum would provide the cornerstone of a vibrant and important cultural destination in Northeast Los Angeles.
|The Living Museum concept of the Arroyo Seco Cultural and Economic Development District includes weaving together the following attractions:
With the Metro Gold Line stations right at the doorstep of the Southwest Museum and Heritage Square, the living museum would be convenient to visitors. Because most of the destinations in the proposed Cultural District are within an easy walk or bike ride of each other and only 4.5 miles from downtown LA, the entire Cultural District would be easily accessible to tourists staying at hotels in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Additionally, the district would provide a perfect setting for residents and visitors to enjoy cultural treasures while participating in Los Angeles’ active outdoor lifestyle and the city’s commitment to attractions that get residents out of their cars.
The Coalition’s plan would also create the demand for visitor amenities in the Arroyo Seco neighborhoods, including restaurants, gift and arts and craft shops that tie into the cultural destinations. Nearby York Boulevard has become one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, thus giving the plan extra impetus to put the Arroyo Seco on the map and drive economic development and community improvements.
“The Southwest Museum is the key to unlocking the Arroyo Seco’s energy,” says PLUM architect Louisa Van Leer. “If the Southwest is fully opened and allowed to function as a vital museum, the plan starts to move forward.”