Sunday, June 6, 2010

Public Rights-of-Way

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 29, 2010. An unlocked fence is not a deterrent to thieves, but it makes neighbors think twice about using the Roselin Public Staircase. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The main Roselin Public Staircase leads to the paper street of Silver Lake Court, which was never built, but served as a link to the India Street Red Car Trolley stop and Allesandro Elementary School.

The Silver Lake - Echo Park - Elysian Valley Community Plan inventories public staircases and unbuilt city street rights-of-ways (paper streets) and recommends using these public amenities to connect communities and greenspace.

The Community Plan also discourages decision makers from removing public staircases and other public rights-of-way from public use. These goals were widely supported by the community and City Councilmember Eric Garcetti during the Community Plan update, approved in 2004 by the City Council.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 29, 2010. Neighbors keep the Roselin Public Staircase clean, which, along with its isolation, discourages graffiti vandals and misuse. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In anticipation of The Big Parade II on June 12 & 13, 2010, we're taking a closer look at our neighborhood's public staircases. For more info on the 2-day, 100+ public staircase hike: