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.

view from across Silver Lake Boulevard

view from across Silver Lake Boulevard

volunteers and some plants are what you need to transform old medians and concrete patches

volunteers and some plants are what you need to transform old medians and concrete patches

Mexican feather grass lines the micro-park while sticks on fire soar above

Mexican feather grass lines the micro-park while sticks on fire soar above

view of Parkman Triangle from Parkman Avenue

view of Parkman Triangle from Parkman Avenue

Mexican feather grass lines the micro-park while sticks on fire soar above

Mexican feather grass lines the micro-park while sticks on fire soar above

walking from Cafe Tropical, Parkman Triangle invites you to enjoy your cafe cubano here

walking from Cafe Tropical, Parkman Triangle invites you to enjoy your cafe cubano here

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.