Apparently, the Dodgers organization is looking to Echo Park as a solution for its parking woes. As if the fiasco, no make that the debacle of opening day traffic weren't enough. They want to reopen the Scott Avenue gates, which have been closed for about eleven years -- shut in response to pressure from residents of Echo Park along with then-councilwoman Jackie Goldberg. The Dodgers of the late 1990s agreed that massive traffic cutting through the residential neighborhood was not appropriate or respectful. Now we hear that the new organization wants to reopen Scott gates to out-going vehicles. Keep in mind that Scott Avenue, in Echo Park, is a two-lane, two-way street.
I received the following email from a resident of Scott Ave.:
Just wanted to let you know the Dodger Organization is planning on re-opening the Scott Gate beginning on Friday without community input. They plan on presenting their "traffic plan" at the Parks and Public Works Committee of [the Echo-Elysian neighborhood council] this Wednesday, 7 pm, at Barlow Hospital.
Neigborhood reps heard late Monday of the Scott Ave. plan and the Dodgers intention to inform the neighborhood at Wednesday's meeting. Speedy work.
Barlow Hospital: 2000 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, 90026.