"Park-Poor" could be Hollywood's middle name, but the area got a little holiday gift with news that a petite community garden and park is on its way to an 8,500 square foot empty lot near Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd. The site, formerly home to two fire-damaged buildings, was purchased by the city last week, the Park LaBrea News reports. With about $1.6 million, the city bought the lot and will be able to start work on transforming it into usable green space. It will be split in half to create the a garden and a park, and "will likely begin taking shape by next summer." Yusef Robb, deputy to City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, trumped up his boss's green thumb (Garcetti hopes to become mayor in 2013), noting that there were 13 parks in the Thirteenth District when the the councilman took office in 2001--this new park on Madison now brings the total to 39.
· Garden to Bring Greenspace to Hollywood [Park La Brea News]