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MacArthur Park

A park dating back to the late 19th century in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is named after General Douglas MacArthur.

MacArthur Park has been used as a filming location many times over. In Hard Luck (1921), Buster Keaton eludes the police by posing with a statue in the park. In A Woman of Paris (1923), Charles Chaplin uses the north side of the park and the Ansonia in two scenes. In Training Day, Jake stops two drug addicts from raping a 14-year-old girl near MacArthur Park.

The 1968 hit song “MacArthur Park,” written by Jimmy Webb and originally recorded by Richard Harris and later covered by Donna Summer, was inspired by this location.

In the past three years, MacArthur Park has become a hub for fentanyl sales and consumption.

MacArthur Park sits at the epicenter of L.A.’s overdose crisis.