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$600,00 Pocket Park Completed, Then Bulldozed to Build School

Jessica Garrison reports on how the City of Los Angeles spent $600k designing and building a park that no one ever got to use when it was claimed as a site for a public school.

The Vernon Branch Library Pocket Park in South Los Angeles was completed, but fences went up before it could be used and the land went unused for two years before the whole thing was torn up. Construction then began on a new LAUSD campus.

"The razing of the park is an extreme illustration of the disconnect that at times exists between the school district and the city over land use," writes Garrison.

"It also serves as a cautionary tale for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who recently launched a campaign to build 50 pocket parks across the city."

Full Story: A park, a school — and a lot of wasted money

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