Originally Posted by SD_Phil
^Sounds like it would make it a haven for the homeless population which would, in turn, decrease use of the park by any others.
First, no - I've been to several parks exactly like I describe, and they're (a)beautiful, (b)invigorate the air, and (c)the people who live around them adore them. Ones that incorporate old-growth trees are the best of all, though of course that's not really possible in LA. I never saw any homeless people in these parks - I'm sure they were there in the really urbanized regions, but I never saw them. But I've seen plenty sitting around on the benches and steps of the typical "city park" areas.
Second, the last time I checked the purpose of a park was not to drive away the homeless - if it was, you might as well just pave it over and have a flat, featureless, Latin American urban square with no foliage whatsoever: The absolute least hospitable environment to vagrants, or anyone for that matter.
Third, if someone is so phobic about running into poor people
(gasp!) that they won't venture into an incredibly beautiful space with fresh, invigorating air and a peaceful, nurturing ambiance, then...they should move to a central planned suburb, not live in the downtown of a major city.