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EVOLVING STRATEGIES FOR SECURING OPEN SPACE

NEWSLETTER FALL 2005

Securing Open SpaceThe Los Angeles Daily Journal published a front page article on November, 14, 2005, highlighting The City Project’s successful strategies to create green space in Los Angeles. The urban park movement has created parks at the Cornfield, Taylor Yard, Baldwin Hills, Ascot Hills, and along the Los Angeles River using many strategies including litigation, conservation financing, and creative partnerships.

The creation of the new park at Ascot Hills is one example of how creative partnerships can lead to green space. According to the article, “In 2004 [Center Executive Director Robert] Garcia met with Joe Edmiston of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. They hatched a plan to propose the land, which had been owned by the Department of Water and Power for the last 80 years, be turned into a passive park (an open area without playgrounds or sports equipment). They organized community support and took their plan to Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, who had a good record on the environment and minority issues. ‘It was amazing. Within 15 minutes he said we could make it happen. It didn’t require a lawsuit or a legal complaint. Villaraigosa exhibited leadership,’ Garcia said.”