Downtown Is Getting a Park in the Middle of Hope Street

Talk about shared space

The greening of gritty DTLA continues with plans for a 33-feet-wide park in the middle of a thoroughfare—something very new for Los Angeles. Dubbed The Spot @ Hope Street, the innovative project will line the center of Hope, just south of 11th Street, for about half a block. The little urban respite was scheduled to open on May 2, but has been postponed for further exploration.

Concrete barriers at the sound and north ends of the park will separate cars from people, with the latter taking advantage of benches, tables, shade structures, and public art. The South Park Business Improvement District, which just added a parklet to the up-and-coming area, hopes to host public events like yoga classes or mini-concerts at The Spot.

While a mid-street park is a very new concept for L.A., cities from Barcelona to Tel Aviv have already installed similar spaces. Hope and 11th seems like a good spot for this experiment owing to its light car traffic and the area’s growing pedestrian population. The nonprofit Do Art Foundation, which has helped beautify the city in a number of magical ways already, is also involved.