That’s the question Greg Cohn is asking over on his blog. He’s quick to point out that he’s not some conspiracy theory believe wack-job, but that there are just a lot of coincidences here that should at least be talked about. He writes:
“…I couldn’t help being struck by the similarity between the footprints of the fire damage and the highly controversial master plan for developing the park. I’ve been musing on it for a couple of days, and a friend convinced me to at least put the thought out there for public rumination…”
He then posts two maps for your consideration, one is a master plan for the park redevelopment, followed by the map of the burned out areas. The park is only so big so there’s bound to be some overlap, just based on fire fighters protecting already developed areas and underdeveloped ones having more undergrowth ready to catch fire. Still, he can’t help pondering questions like:
“In situations like this, I can’t help pondering questions like:
* Are there, say, hundreds of millions of dollars of private-sector money at stake?
* Does this event advance the agenda of those with the money at stake?
* Does it hurt the agenda of those opposing?
The first two are clearly yes. As for the last, I’ll let you decide for yourself.”
In closing he links to a Parks Committee of the Los Feliz Improvement Association agenda, and points to some history of these kinds of things not being purely coincidental.