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Frank O. Gehry's Grand Avenue project, to be unveiled today, will seek to create a vibrant urban scene while transforming the Downtown skyline.

Grand, Yes, but Public Expects More

By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2006

When the New York developer Related Cos. hired Frank Gehry to design the $750-million first phase of its huge mixed-use project along Grand Avenue, directly across from Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall, the deal immediately raised eyebrows and more than a few architectural questions.

Would Related, which usually works with corporate firms on high-end developments, pull Gehry in the direction of sleek, well-behaved commercialism? Would Gehry drag Related toward the exuberant, democratic spirit of his iconic cultural buildings?