In the mood for a Whopper or McNuggets? How about a Twice Grilled Burrito or a Teriyaki Chicken Bowl? Just steer your car in the direction of the forest of fast food and chain store signs that loom over Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. But, if city officials have their way, this often traffic-congested intersection will soon be known for something else than being a fast-food hot spot. Councilman Eric Garcetti has proposed officially naming this crossroads “Fletcher Square.”
The name Fletcher Square does not have any historic roots, and it is not to be confused with Fletcher Bowron Square, which is located downtown and is named in honor of the city’s 42nd mayor. The name Fletcher Square is relatively new and came into being during the last decade when a set of design and planning guidelines – dubbed the Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay Zone – was adopted for the immediate area surrounding Fletcher and San Fernando. It was also a time when many neighborhood activists opposed a plan by Home Depot to takeover the former Kmart near the same intersection.
The City Council motion introduced by Garcetti says:
In the last decade, the Fletcher Square area of GlasselL Park has also become a thriving residential and commercial center with the addition of Juntos Park, the Glassell Park Community Garden, the Glassell Park Senior and Community Center, the Rio Vista housing development and other community assets.
The installation of ceremonial Fletcher Square signs are intended to help build awareness about the neighborhood and help generate pride among nearby merchants and residents, said Glassell Park activist Helene Schpak.