Back in 2009, we wrote about the triangular pocket park on Santa Monica Blvd. and Bundy in West LA that's been fenced off for years. Nate Kaplan, a field deputy for Councilman Bill Rosendahl, told us the closing came after numerous complaints from business owners over transient troublemakers; the murder of a homeless person eventually led to the park being closed to the public. Today in The Huffington Post, transit advocate Joel Epstein makes a plea to tear down that fence (he throws in a Reagan/Berlin Wall reference for good measure) and reopen the space. Acknowledging the homeless element hasn't gone away (there's currently one to two people who sleep next to the park every night), Epstein says neighborhood groups need to pitch in, possibly by taking charge of opening the park every morning and closing it at night. He also suggests contracting out a food kiosk that could serve as a pseudo-watchman. Carter Rubin at Metro's Source blog thinks the park should serve as space for bike parking, as well as a TAP card kiosk since there's a bus stop right in front of the park; Epstein approves.
· Bundy and Santa Monica: Tear Down This Fence [Huffington Post]
· Know Your West LA Murderous Medians [Curbed LA]