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Two Lanes Of This Downtown Street Could Become A Little Park

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There are plans for a new, little park in downtown Los Angeles, right in the middle of the street.The temporary, little park is called The Spot @ Hope Street and, pending approval, will pop up in the two middle lanes of Hope Street, south of 11th Street, Downtown News reports. Pedestrians will be able to access the 33-foot-wide, half-block-long park using crosswalks. Concrete barriers will then not only protect visitors, but will also serve as a gallery, displaying art. Inside, there will be places to sit and enjoy lunch as well as a dog run, so you can take your furry friends too.

The proposal comes from the South Park Business Improvement District (SPBID) under the belief that park visitors would increase local foot traffic and frequent nearby visitors. If the proposal is approved, the park will emerge on April 4 and last through May 31. If people like the park and there are no issues, a permanent park may be considered.

Jessica Lall, executive director of SPBID, said that, "A fast-growing neighborhood like South Park needs places like that to bring their families, bring their animals and interact with one another."The temporary park would be near the Hope Street Parklet, which the SPBID installed in January.

Some residents, particularly those who live in nearby condos, are worried that people are going to loiter in the park. SPBID has agreed to maintain the park, and hire a security guard who would go on duty each night at 9 p.m.

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SPBID will next hold a meeting with the L.A. Department of Transportation, followed by a community meeting where residents will be able to provide input. The date for that meeting has not been set yet.