A chain link fence encircling the Veterans Square Memorial in Highland Park signals the most recent effort to deal with the homeless who congregate at the intersection of Figueroa and York Boulevard under an enormous American flag. Patch reports that the fence will remain up for about 30 days as the city looks into transferring control of landscaped traffic island to the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, said George Magallanes with Council District 1. Why? Patch explains:
Currently, the park is considered a public right of way, which gives the city little authority to remove the groups of homeless people who have been sleeping at the square. “Because its a public right of way, it’s very difficult to tell people you can’t be there,” Magallanes said.
Apparently the city has more control over park space. Homeless advocates say Veterans Square has attracted large numbers of street people because of the lack of available services in Northeast L.A.