- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is launching an international competition to redesign Pershing Square, the city’s oldest park and a downtown landmark that’s been largely ignored since its last upgrade two decades ago.

The competition was announced Wednesday - one day after the City Council approved an agreement with Pershing Square Renew, a nonprofit corporation created by Councilman Jose Huizar.

The winning design will be announced next February and work should be completed by 2020.

Huizar says developers and the city have pledged more than $2 million for improvements.

It’s part of an effort to revitalize LA’s downtown, which has seen an influx of new businesses and makeovers for aging parks and buildings.

The city spent millions to update the neglected park in 1994, including putting up a 125-foot-tall purple bell tower.

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