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Through 'lost lots,' an effort to make L.A. more of a park place
Through 'lost lots,' an effort to make L.A. more of a park place

Israel Cruz drives his cluttered Mazda through the palm-lined avenues of Panorama City, a stack of maps at his side and a hurried sweat on his brow. The 30-year-old in Ray-Bans and brown moccasins is scanning for "lost lots," small slices of city land that are all but forgotten in the neighborhood's suburban sprawl. His hope is that a database of lots he is compiling for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust will become a tool for a movement gaining traction in Los Angeles. Over the last few years, Los Angeles and other cities have been moving to convert vacant lots, underused city streets, utility corridors, traffic medians and alleys into small parks, plazas,...

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