Have you ever heard of Westlake Park? This was a park that was once referred to as “the most popular open-air resort in the city” (page 17 of Kevin Roderick’s book on Wilshire Boulevard). Opened in 1890, the park was loved by the people of Los Angeles and offered the perfect venue for leisurely strolls, boating in a lake, and popular Sunday concerts. The park was surrounded by luxury hotels and the area even became known as the Champs-Élysées of Los Angeles. You may be wondering, where is this great park and how come I have not been there yet? Continue Reading What about MacArthur Park?
As a park planner, I am interested in just about any discussion and presentation on parks and open space. Last week, I attended an event hosted by APA LA called “Public and Open Space in Los Angeles” which featured Sam Gennawey and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. Gennawey, a planner and theme park and attractions industry expert, is the author of the recently released book Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Loukaitou-Sideris is Associate Dean of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of urban planning. Her research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on urban residents.Continue Reading Public and Private Open Space in Los Angeles