Thursday, August 16, 2012

Red Car Property: Refuge From Crowded Streets & Densely Packed Houses

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 18, 2011.  The Red Car Property provides a much needed trail within the community to escape the narrow, densely packed streets that are often lacking easy sidewalk access.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Neighbors have been emailing City Councilmember Eric Garcetti asking for help to preserve the Red Car Property as a park.  Today's post is excerpted from a Lake View Ave neighbor's email.

"We've been in our home for just over five years, and were delighted to
discover the Red Car Property shortly after we moved in.  Running for
probably just over a mile, this swath of open space took us by
surprise. It has since become an integral part of our life in the
neighborhood; an inviting place for walks, a place to take the dog,
and an intriguing legacy of our neighborhood's history of public
transportation infrastructure. In an area of numerous roads and
countless homes, it provides a welcome breather for us, as well as
wildlife. It is an interesting a pleasant route to take throughout the
"back" of the neighborhood, linking homes, schools, and major
thoroughfares, and the nascent recreational development along the Los
Angeles River."

The neighbor also highlights an important, yet frequently ignored point of localized City Planning:

"LA, without question, needs increased housing density.  But there are
ample alternatives for such development in nearby places that are
already prepared with the relevant infrastructure of roads, electric,
sewer, etc.  The Red Car Property is not, and once it is changed this
open space for all is lost for good."