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South Park's growing community continues with the installation of the district's first urban parklet at 11th and Hope

New Hope Street Parklet Installed in Downtown LA’s South Park

One of the hottest districts in Downtown LA just got another little “urban boost” today. Within all the frenetic construction activity happening throughout South Park, the immediate neighborhood surrounding 11th and Hope has organically developed to become the center of the growing residential community, and today marked another great milestone with the opening of a brand new parklet installed by the South Park BID.

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Damaged Spring Street Parklet Reopens in Downtown LA

Spring Street Parklet reopened yesterday after being closed for 8 months since sustaining damages from a drunk driver in July 2014

Spring Street Parklet reopened yesterday after being closed for 8 months after sustaining damages from a drunk driver in July 2014

Last year on a summer evening in July, a reckless drunk driver¬†plowed his friend’s car into the Spring Street parklet in front of LA Cafe after a night of partying. Thank goodness no one was fatally hurt, but the parklet — which initially opened in Feb 2013 to much fanfare — was subsequently closed to the public as a result of the damage sustained by the car’s impact. The parklet was then fenced off and became an embarrassing eyesore in the community as the city neglected to resolve the issue in a timely manner. After a very long 8 months, the parklet finally reopened yesterday, albeit with less media attention this time around.

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Good PR for Urbanism: Downtown LA Gets Two New “Parklets” in Historic Core

The new parklets downtown expand the realm of public space, taking over a metered parking spot and replacing it with more seating for example

The new parklets downtown expand the realm of public space, taking over a metered parking spot and replacing it with more seating for example

Yesterday, Downtown LA celebrated the grand opening of two new parklets along Spring Street in the Historic Core, which has become one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Downtown LA now active with pedestrians and bicyclists almost around the clock. In case you’re not quite sure what a “parklet” is, they’re basically mini parks extended from the sidewalk that replace usually one or two metered parking spots. The most amazing thing about these parklets — besides the fact that they actually do expand our public space — is that they represent a change in attitude about what Los Angeles should be. In Los Angeles a decade ago, if you were to propose getting rid of a parking spot for any reason whatsoever, the pitch forks and torches would be coming out in mob form. And in some backward places in LA, that’s still the case unfortunately (I’m looking at you West LA).

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