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New York model could help L.A. residents connect to our park
New York model could help L.A. residents connect to our park

Something happened recently that made me see how estranged I am from my city's parks. At best, I have become a distant admirer. The orbit of my life has shrunk and is now proscribed by a desk downtown and a commute on the freeway. My last intimate experience with a park came a few years ago when I used a pick and shovel to plant the Jack Smith memorial tree in honor of my father at Dante's View in Griffith Park. It would have been a tall pine today. But one day I got a call from soon-to-be City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was then the voluntary "mayor" of Dante's View. Vandals had chopped the sapling down, he told me. Sadly, we both moved on and never...

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