Eli Broad's Proposed Art School Draws Criticism

Collector and philanthropist Eli Broad has successfully lobbied Los Angeles school officials to redesign a planned public high school, located on the city's Grand Avenue, as an elaborate visual and performing arts school. The new proposal—including a soaring tower, a conical library, two theaters, and exhibition space—would cost taxpayers at least eighteen million extra dollars and delay construction by a year, Duke Helfand and Doug Smith report in the Los Angeles Times. Now, as architects draw up their final plans, some school district officials and watchdog groups question whether Broad has intervened in the school project to advance his much-heralded plans for reviving downtown's Grand Avenue.