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Preparation for Parker center demolition begins despite lawsuit

Workers build a temporary chain-link fence around the construction site to prepare for demolition.
Workers build a temporary chain-link fence around the construction site to prepare for demolition.
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City officials announced plans to demolish the old LAPD headquarters and replace it with an office skyscraper for city workers, and on Monday, work began on the 18 month old project. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has sued the city, calling it a waste of taxpayer money and proposing instead to convert the space into housing for LA's homeless. But the city says asbestos and earthquakes make it unsafe for living.