Our Planning Theory class ended on Tuesday, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on phenomenology activity (Thanks Professor Drake). For this class, our assignment was to take a stroll around USC and the neighborhood and share what we discovered. A group of students and I headed towards the south side of campus towards Exposition Park. As we got closer, we discovered, there was no crosswalk between the surrounding community and the park. I was shocked that USC hadn’t invested in a walkway between the community and the school. It was such a contrast to the beautifully paved crosswalks just a block away. It created a very unwelcoming and unsafe environment for pedestrians from both the school and the community.
Given we couldn’t walk to the park since there were no crosswalks, we decided to explore the surrounding homes and buildings near the freeway. As we passed by homes, I saw a block of beautiful gated homes housing multiple families. Upon approaching the end of the block, we saw a large homeless community near the freeway entrance. People from the community were outside talking to each other.
On the way back, we passed more homes with beautiful gardens. Afterwards, we walked underneath the freeway to get back to campus. I noticed the Metro Station entrance, and several USC Community Ambassadors at key pathways to the campus. It was an interesting experience, and one I rarely have the opportunity to glimpse.