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VIDEO: Huizar, Greuel Unveil Parklet on York Boulevard

The project converted a no parking zone into a street porch where Highland Park residents and visitors can sit, gather and socialize.

Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar unveiled Highland Park's first parklet at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday on York Boulevard between Avenue 50 and Avenue 51.

Click on the attached video to see highlights from the ceremony.

The parklet, which is also the first for the city, converted a no parking zone into a street porch/mini park where residents can sit, gather and socialize.

City Controller Wendy Greuel, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council President Monica Alcaraz and other neighborhood and city leaders who were involved in getting the project off the ground also spoke at the event.

[Click here to read how the parklet plan became a reality.]

Similar projects are set to be unveiled in the coming year on Huntington Drive in El Sereno and in Downtown Los Angeles.

Michael Higby February 05, 2013 at 06:45 PM
That's the problem, many community "leaders" think outreach is pasting a flyer at Vons or putting something up on Facebook. They don't understand the way people get information and how ineffective these passive methods of communication can be - as well as in a multi-cultural community where different cultures receive information differently. The City provides an albeit meager but still somewhat decent budget for outreach to Neighborhood Councils. The NCs could spend this money more wisely on means to get the word out - however they scrimp on the outreach and spend the bulk of their money on "projects" and donations to community causes while, well meaning, are not really appropriate nor effective outreach efforts.
frank robert February 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Michael, While I agree that the means of outreach insufficient, I find it harder and harder to blame organizers. It's true that they shouldn't be so naive to think they are adequately reaching the community. But to a certain extent, these are the cards they're dealt, so know? It's the political infrastructure first and foremost that is ineffective. Idk, man. I have mixed feelings.
Michael Higby February 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Frank, indeed it is a symptom of the structure. And part of that is many of the organizers get too cozy with the structure as they get addicted to back-slaps and attaboys from politicians. They need to prioritize if they truly want to outreach and work to get better cards. A $30, 40K PR budget is not a bad thing. But they waste it. And to make it worse, many of these organizers have their own agendas which do not jive with what's best for the community. Thus, they often spend their time bullying anyone with an opposing view. Too many neighborhood activists have been told by there "strong(men/women)" to STFU when they raise a valid point.
frank robert February 05, 2013 at 08:27 PM
"many of these organizers have their own agendas which do not jive with what's best for the community." While I don't know any of the folks who worked on the parklet project, nor do I know their motivations outside of what's been reported by David, I take your point. It's a very important point.
carol van beek February 06, 2013 at 04:08 AM
I think it could more appropriately be called a street porch. If it was a park it would come under the jurisdiction of Rec and Parks.

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