Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the Mayor’s fence is complete.
Many in the neighborhood understand that the Mayor needs protection, but wonder if other methods could have been employed to achieve the same goal. A fence on such a prominent property sends all kinds of signals – most of them pretty negative for our community.
It’s precedent setting. If it’s OK for the Mayor to bend the rules, how do you apply the laws of our city and say “no” to other residents in the future?
It closes the Getty House off. Rather than showing off this beautiful home, the property now sits behind a 6-foot high fence. Rather than being an example of what makes the Hancock Park neighborhood so special (grand homes; big, open front yards, etc.) – the Getty House is now a fenced-in compound.
And that seems to be playing out right next door to the Getty House as the neighbor to the south is in the middle of a major re-landscaping of their front yard – with the pilasters for a fence included.
Our neighborhood’s most infamous fence has to have been the fence surrounding the front yard at the corner of Muirfield and 3rd Street…the home formerly known as the “House of Davids”. This property is undergoing a transformation – the fence and the Davids are gone in an attempt to make the grounds look better to prospective buyers.
Funny thing is…it does look better! In spite of all the remaining rod iron fencing on the house and the white roof and…well, in spite of all the other things going on with the house you can begin to see what the future can be for that property. All because the fence (and the Davids) have been taken down.
So…don’t fence me in. Here’s to preserving the essence of the Hancock Park landscape – open and accessible.
What do you think? Be sure to comment and help to foster a dialog on this important topic.