Los Angeles is not known to be much of a pedestrian city. The overwhelming amount of roads and serious lack of walkways and green spaces has always been a concern, but has rarely been a priority in our agenda. It’s time to change our mindsets and our streets—a few parallel parking spaces at a time.
In an effort to go green and promote community and economic development, city leaders are encouraging testing of “pocket parks” or “parklets” that consist of parallel parking spots that have been transformed into small public plazas with bike racks, greenery, and benches. If this new plan to “cultivate a pedestrian lifestyle in L.A” is successful, city leaders will look to continue and provide such spaces throughout Los Angeles.
With support from grants, and partnerships with foundations, this streets initiative can positively impact city life. “It takes about three days and costs about $10,000 to $30,000 to build a parklet,” according to Madeline Brozen of the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative. Not bad for a program that can add more open space in the City.
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