Parkman Triangle Thrives One Year After Opening
Parkman Triangle, an example of urban acupuncture in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, is thriving one year after LA City Council President Eric Garcetti anchored the ribbon cutting in August last year. The winter’s rains allowed the blue fescue and other grasses to proliferate, and succulents add splashes of color to this 2500 square foot “urban lounge” or “micro-park.” Meanwhile this spot just south of Sunset Boulevard won buzz on local NBC 4 and on Time.com. It has been an exciting 18 months since municipal workers removed concrete and asphalt and allowed a neighborhood group led by John Southern and Ara Babaian to take over the former turn lane’s design and transformation. What is most impressive is how this spot on Parkman Avenue and Silver Lake Boulevard has stayed relatively trash free compared to other area’s in the neighborhood. Garcetti refers to Parkman Triangle repeatedly about how residents and local businesses can ban together and make their neighborhoods greener. Lessons from Parkman Triangle can be taken anywhere outside of LA, too. At a time when municipal budgets have been hammered, urban acupuncture and other forms of activism can transform neighborhoods while maintaining their unique character. Photos by Ara Babaian.