As 2017 year comes to a close, the AHBE LAB contributors are taking time to look back at our year’s worth of posts. We are each identifying the most memorable post and sharing what we found interesting, informative, and inspiring. Enjoy the flashback, and let us know which post you thought was most memorable.
Although we were asked to look back at this year’s collection of Lab posts to share, it was a post written a few years ago that still resonates as the most memorable personally. A Dream Now Off Limits: Angel’s Flight Park – written by Calvin Abe – triggered an emotional response I’ve never forgotten, evoking a lasting sorrow for the loss of a community space with such potential. Alongside this sadness, questions about the value of nature in society are also awakened by Calvin’s words and photos.
Calvin’s post is about a forgotten public park across the street from Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. Located at the landing of the historic Angels Flight, the park was closed off from the public shortly after its opening due to the lack of funding for maintenance. Although the park did not have active use space such as a play field or play area, it did provide a shady escape from the city. I recognize the park might have been presented a challenge for city agencies; there isn’t always an immediate value recognized for passive recreation. But I strongly believe that publicly accessible open spaces are a valuable commodity in any densely populated neighborhood. Even a place to rest or eat your lunch is an important community resource within an urban environment. Of course, I’m biased…every time I see the fenced off Angels Knoll Park, I can only imagine all of the unrealized memories the park could have played host to, and our city’s failure to protect those hopes and dreams.
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