“They Never Do Things Like This in My Neighborhood!”: New Park Along Vermont Ave. Surprises, Delights Residents
He was surprised when they put the bike lane in a while back, he said. But then this?
“They never do things like this in my neighborhood!” he laughed.
He was referring to the new mini-park that popped up around Thanksgiving between 88th and 92nd streets along Vermont Ave. — the Plaza Las Americas.
“I know, right?” I had to laugh with him. “It’s about time.”
Then, observing that he was sitting in the hot sun on the stoop in front of his building instead of under the shade of the gorgeous trees, I asked if he’d used the park yet.
“Nope,” he said.
But, he liked seeing it and knowing it was there for him.
It made the area beautiful and inviting, which are not words typically associated with South Los Angeles.
And, he added, it hadn’t been trashed yet.
Someone from maintenance cleaned it regularly, and it hadn’t been tagged up or desecrated in any way. Or, as he had feared, turned into a hotspot for drug dealers or a source of territorial dispute between some of the gangs that run in the area.
Instead, the teens that congregated there would just relax with friends after school or work out on the fitness equipment.
People took good care of it, he said, and really seemed to enjoy using it, especially in the mornings, when it was cool. And, he liked seeing the folks on horses ride through it at night every now and then. Read more…