The other day I wrote about a series of locked pedestrian gates just north of Pico Blvd in LA’s Country Club Park neighborhood which create some serious accessibility and equity issues. The locked gates on St. Andrews Pl., Gramercy Pl., Wilton Pl, and Van Ness Ave. block access for much of the neighborhood resulting in significantly longer travel times to get to major corridors, especially cumbersome for pedestrians, persons with disabilities, and transit riders.
The gates, located only at the south end of Country Club Park, are a remnant of city policies and practices that excluded South L.A. Black communities from accessing other parts of the city. Current locks on the pedestrian access gates appear to be non-city issued, possibly placed there illegally by nearby residents.
Please contact Councilmember Herb Wesson to demand that these streets remain open to people on foot. Below is a sample email to send Councilmember Wesson with copies to Mark Ridley-Thomas and Grace Yoo (the candidates vying for Wesson’s seat in November), the Country Club Park Neighborhood Association, and Olympic Park Neighborhood Council. Please bcc me when you email these entities. A sample social media post is also included. Feel free to use your own words. Please be courteous.
Herb Wesson councilmember.Wesson@lacity.org
Mark Ridley-Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Yoo email@example.com
Country Club Park Neighborhood Association firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympic Park Neighborhood Council Board@OPNC.org
Honorable Councilmember Herb Wesson (cc: Mark Ridley-Thomas, Grace Yoo, CCPNA, OPNC)
I urge you to do all in your power to ensure pedestrian access to streets in the Country Club Park neighborhood. Pedestrian access is currently blocked at gates at Van Ness Avenue, Wilton Place, Gramercy Place, and St. Andrews Place, resulting in hardships for pedestrians, persons with disabilities, and transit riders.
Located only at the southern end of Country Club Park, these gates are a remnant of city policies that exclude Black South LA residents from accessing other parts of the city. Please have the city open these exclusionary gates as soon as possible, and take actions necessary to ensure they remain open.
SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POST
Herb Wesson @HerbJWesson
Mark Ridley Thomas @MRTempower
Grace Yoo @GraceYooCD10
Councilmember @HerbJWesson please open the exclusionary pedestrian access gates to Country Club Park #OpenCountryClubParkGates – and @MRTempower & @GraceYooCD10 are you committed to keeping them open?
This post is made in collaboration with Joe Linton. Thanks for your activism, Joe!