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.
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.