A Walker in L.A.: Finding Wonderland

One whimsical parkway makes up for all the other neglected ones

Let’s pause a moment to appreciate a forgotten part of the city’s infrastructure. I’m talking about the parkway—that strip of no man’s land between sidewalk and street. Mostly, these tiny slivers of errant yard are neglected: cemented-over, strewn with weeds, littered with trash. But some Angelenos have taken the time and effort to transform their parkways into little urban oases. While walking down La Brea a while back, I saw this amazing land art that stopped me in my tracks. It was so simple—anyone could do this with a handful of leftover tiles and succulents snipped from a neighbor’s yard—but the effect was so whimsical, for a moment I felt like Alice in Wonderland.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.