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More On LA’s Temple of Education

School Officials in LA defend the $578 Million price tag of the RFK elementary school.

“It has all the modern amenities, like an underground garage, a pool, a state-of-the-art auditorium…,” said James Sohn, LAUSD’s chief facilities executive. “In that context, cost of the schools is appropriate.”
The 23-acre Wilshire Boulevard lot will bring the park-starved neighborhood much-needed green space, including soccer fields and a state-of-the-art swimming pool. It also includes public art pieces and a marble mural memorial to Kennedy, who was running for president when he was gunned down in the hotel’s kitchen [and] talking benches designed by artists to commemorate the historic significance of the Ambassador Hotel and its famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub.

Compare the $578 Million price tag for the RFK school to other LA landmarks.

  • Staples Center: $375 million, 1999
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall: $274 million, 2003
  • Universal Studios backlot: $200 million, 2010
  • Downtown cathedral: $190 million, 2002
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