As many of you know Rose Park Neighborhood has had a long standing issue with car speed in/around our area. With a recent contract from Southern California Association of Governments – we took this concern one step further. We are documenting how it feels to live in a high risk corridor area. Thank you for all those that participated in our two workshops, completed our survey and came out to ‘chalk it up’ at the Dawson Lot. Thank you to our artists Dawn, Cody and Alex who helped us express ourselves. And finally, here is Gretchen Swanson sharing the need to be defensive when crossing an intersection. E7th & Redondo and E4th & Junipero are spotlighted!
For our final report, we are compiling all the comments and considerations from the survey and workshops to create a formal presentation to our city and advocacy groups.
A blank spot for decades is slowly becoming a place for the neighborhood. The Dawson Lot, as we are calling it, is now under new ownership. Matt Hamilton, the principal of the company is part of a new life not only at the Dawson Lot but for the area just across the street. For us – the neighborhood – we are taking this as an opportunity to connect our communities while building neighborhood.
Here you see Ed, Sylvia, Dawn and Demetrius (behind the camera) clean out a planted area. The group has designated this space as “Friendship Corner”! Couldn’t be better named. This spot is an intersection of many going to/from their cars, the bus stops, to shops. We are in the very early stages. We need volunteers to help execute a cleaning and greening of the space and hopefully more. Please send interest to firstname.lastname@example.org – we always respond!
But first things first! We want to acknowledge the commitment of Saturday’s workforce has made towards what will benefit all of us. Thank you Ed, Sylvia, Dawn, Demetrius, Gretchen (with the burritos!)
The historic Rose Park neighborhood is located in the City of Long Beach, California