The Angels Knoll park above the Angels Flight funicular, the spot where Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt had a lovely moment in (500) Days of Summer, has been closed to the public to keep out the homeless and prepare for a property sale--the upper space of the park, where JGL's character described his love for architecture and his plans for improving LA's skyline, and the Hill Street concrete plaza at the foot of Angels Flight, across from Grand Central Market, are now both off-limits. A successor agency to the now-shuttered Community Redevelopment Agency owns the park and is trying to sell it--bureaucrats thought clearing the space of people would help, the Downtown News reports.
The Hill Street space was thronged with homeless people; according to Grand Central Market owner Adele Yellin, some were defecating in the space. On top of it all, when the park was first fenced off a few weeks ago, officials didn't include a gate, so the no one could remove the overflowing garbage bins inside, and a rat problem soon took over. The city added a gate and cleaned up the space on Wednesday, but both parks remain closed. There's no timeline for a sale of the parks and many are steaming that it's now inaccessible: "I think it looks awful," one downtown worker says. "Yes, now it's clean, but you can't go inside."
· CRA Fences Off Plaza to Curb Loitering [DN]