Eyes on the Street: Parklets Arrive In East L.A.

East Los Angeles Parklet on Mednik Avenue. Photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
East Los Angeles Parklet on Mednik Avenue. Photos: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Many cities are finding that sometimes, places where people park are just a little more desirable than places where cars park. Parklets began in San Francisco. The first Southern California parklets are in Long Beach. They’ve since spread to the city of Los Angeles, the city of Huntington Park, and now unincorporated East Los Angeles.

The parklet pictured above is located in front of So-Cal Burgers on Mednik Avenue, across from the East L.A. Civic Center.

In late March, County Supervisor Hilda Solis celebrated the opening for East L.A.’s parklets. The County installed three new parklets; they can be found at 203 S. Mednik, 4514 Whittier Blvd., and 3534 1st Street. County parklet designs [PDF] are posted online.

Curbs and planters prevent drivers from colliding with the Mednik parklet
Curbs and planters prevent drivers from colliding with the Mednik parklet

Los Angeles and Huntington Park both have more parklets on the way. City of L.A. businesses and organizations can apply for a new parklet via LADOT’s People St program.

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