The new episode of Vista LA that airs Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 7 focuses on recent improvements to MacArthur Park — led by the Levitt Pavilion — and the history of the park and surrounding Westlake neighborhood. If we didn't get cut, I'm in it and so is fellow Angel City Press author Tom Zimmerman. Why me? Wilshire Boulevard. The boulevard's extension across the park in 1934, as a desperate traffic-reducing measure, cut in two what had been a relaxed green refuge called Westlake Park. The famous boulevard originated in 1896 at the western edge of the park — the first Wilshire mansion was the one built by Times publisher Harrison Gray Otis at Wilshire and Park View, the corner Otis's statue still points at today in this LA Observed video from last year.