Over the past 20 years, HOPE has compiled a list of accomplishments that have benefited the Hyde Park community. We have:
- Worked with a coalition of groups to defeat the construction of a nuclear power plaint near Kenneth Hahn Park.
- Provided input into plans to expand Baldwin Hills area park lands.
- Formed the Steering Committee that developed the bylaws, conducted the outreach and formed the governance structure of the area’s neighborhood council, known as the Park Mesa Heights Community Council, which was certified by the City of Los Angeles in 2003.
- Crafted an outreach strategy to better integrate Latinos into Hyde Park community groups and the neighborhood council.
- Sponsored a Community Planning Retreat to implement a coordinated Community Plan and provided on-going technical assistance to area groups.
- Led the creation of the Crenshaw Corridor Coalition, which pushed the Los Angeles City Council to adopt the Crenshaw Corridor Specific Plan to encourage positive development along the Crenshaw corridor and discourage incompatible uses.
- Supported the revitalization of the Hyde Park Crenshaw Merchants Association.
- Provided support for the Friends of the Hyde Park Library and input into the design and construction of the award-winning new Hyde Park Miriam Matthews library and programs.
- Pushed the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to create the Hyde Park shuttle to connect the key institutions and destinations in the community.
- Formed a neighborhood group of 20 persons to complete the CORO Leadership Program.
- Formed a working group to develop affordable housing and housing rehabilitation programs.
- Developed a Youth Initiative to support youth driven programming.
- Helped assemble a coalition of Crenshaw stakeholders to advocate for undergrounding the MTA's Crenshaw-LAX light rail project.
- Sponsored multiple forums, town halls and meet-and-greets with local political candidates and elected officials, including then State Senator Kevin Murray, then Assembly Member Karen Bass, then City Councilmember Ruth Galanter, then City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, City Councilmember Bernard Parks, and City Councilmember-Elect Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
- Continuously provided support and resources for the Planning Committee, Neighborhood Management Committee and Hyde Park block clubs to increase human capacity to address quality of life issues.
We are proud of our remarkable accomplishments, and we are excited about what the future brings!