Reclaiming the commons and building community in Highland Park

So, we’ve been staying in Highland Park for the past couple of days. This is very near our old neighborhood of Silverlake. Aside from the subject of gentrification, which I will not touch here, these communities are making good strides on the subject of reclaiming the commons and building community. Some of this is achieved by the building of the first parklet in the City of LA. This all reminds me of the City Repair folks up in Portland Oregon who in their words began, “with the idea that localization – of culture, of economy, of decision-making – is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.” I’d love to hear from you if you are local to the area. What’s your take on all this change? Are you taking part in it? Hate it? Let’s just try and stay away from the big “G”, gentrification. As this carries a whole lot of baggage…

 Seeds, yarn and parklets, Oh my!

Seed bomb dispenser inside Cafe de Leche

Seed bomb dispenser inside Cafe de Leche

Yarn Bombing on an Highland Park parking meter

Yarn Bombing on an Highland Park parking meter

Yarn bombing in Highland Park

Yarn bombing in Highland Park

York Boulevard Parklet with Erin

York Boulevard Parklet with Erin

York Boulevard Parklet sign

York Boulevard Parklet sign