Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I've been following this story for awhile now. It's a great case study for the strange gray areas in governance that sometimes hampers public projects. It's also a great example of how people can simply come together for a good cause: more open space for their community. 

Text and Photos by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 25 June 2014, KCET

Last May, a flock of pedestrians embarking on the epic Big Parade L.A. descended on a small unassuming street in Lincoln Heights on their way to the Ed P. Reyes Greenway. As the group entered through a pedestrian gate, a decidedly sad, homespun sign declared "Park Is Open" in spray painted block letters. It was a far cry from the polished tarpaulin that usually marked public projects, prompting those to wonder, "Is it really open?"

"It's 100 percent open," confirms Deborah Deets, from the Bureau of Sanitation's (BOS) Watershed Protection Division of the Ed P. Reyes River Greenway, a sliver of green space in industrial Lincoln Heights, by the Gold Line station. [read more]


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