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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Sunset Triangle Plaza Edition

Photo: Sara Dryden via Eastsider

Early Tuesday morning, the Sunset Triangle Plaza was the victim of a hit and run crash.  A driver plowed into a parked car and some of the plastic planters on the east end of the park.  The result: no injuries but one very messy park.  The LAPD arrived on the scene, Councilman Garcetti vowed the cleanup would be fast, and by the mid-afternoon the crash was just a memory.

Except to the commenters at Eastsider, the website that broke the story.  A handful of angry commenters decided that the cause of the crash was Sunset Triangle Plaza and not the hit-and-run driver.  A sample:

This has not happened there before. No sooner is this street closed than we have such an accident. Points up how poorly considered this is. Unnecessarily mixing pedestrians into the middle of the flow of motorized traffic is not a bright idea — clearly it is dangerous. That certainly is why it was not done when originally built.

So it was the plaza’s fault?  Here are two quick notes on the crash itself, and the level of dissonance it takes to blame the plaza and not the driver.

First, according to LAPD reports, the hit and run driver actually collided with a parked car before entering the plaza.  The driver was so inattentive or impaired that he/she missed seeing a parked car before driving into it.  The damage to the plaza was collateral damage to the hit and run crash. Read more…

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Your Coverage of the Sunset Triangle Plaza Opening

Yesterday, the Sunset Triangle Plaza opened in Silver Lake on Griffith Park Blvd between Edgecliffe Dr. and Maltman Ave. opened for business. For months, pictures of the green polka dots, bike corrals and other upgrades to the area have trickled out on the Internet, whetting the appetite of Livable Streets Advocates and Silver Lake residents alike.

Sadly, I was out of town over the weekend and missed the opening. However, thanks to the magic of Storify, we are able to highlight some of the stories and images that made yesterday such a great day. We’ll have some original coverage of the park a little later this week.