Monday, November 8, 2010

My Other Favorite Pocket Park

I've been meaning to blog about this park in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood for ages. It's been around for 10 years or so, but I doubt many people walking down India Street would realize it's there--which is maybe what I like the most about it. Here's the view from the sidewalk:

I'm sure most people passing by assume that this leads to a private building entrance or someone's office, and in part they would be right; the park is actually a "quasi public" space meant to serve as open space for some adajacent apartments, as well as a park for general use.

It's not too inviting at first, but go a few feet further and suddenly you're presented with this:
 And this!
I think it's these kind of surprises that make walking such a great mode of transportation. There's a sense of discovery that you just won't ever get with a car (because you go to fast to take in the finer details of a neighborhood) or even transit (with its set routes and rigid schedules). And in the interest of promoting that kind of exploration, I'm not going to tell you exactly where this park is. You'll just have to take a walk and find it for yourself.


  1. Hi,
    I just discovered this blog and really like what you are doing. I'm one of the few in Los Angeles who walks to work. It is the "same" walk every day, yet it is different each time. A great way to start the day.

  2. Thanks for the positive feedback! I'm so envious that you can walk to work (I would love to be in your shoes...literally) and glad to hear that walking has such a positive influence on your day. I know I would arrive at work in a much better mood if I could do the same.