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The Los Angeles Park That Used To Be A Parking Lot

Malia Schilling

Los Angeles’ 50 Parks Initiative was launched in August of 2012 by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and aims to transform underutilized properties in areas lacking recreational space into parks.

Park architect Michael Lehrer says: "It will become the community’s outdoor living room. Singles, couples, families, groups, crowds will all feel it's their place. As the plantings grow, the Park will become more romantic, increasingly the necessary yin to the yang of the street."

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  • Casey CaploweCasey Caplowe

    I just walked by this park the other day and was so excited to see it. I had no idea it use to be a parking lot, though now that totally makes sense.

    I love to see Los Angeles making steady progress like this to build a more livable, human-centered city.

  • John WynnJohn Wynn

    The before and after photos speak for themselves. What a stunningly human transformation.