Lytton Plaza is about as practical a pocket park as we could hope for in a very urban setting. I infer that "cleaning up" Lytton Plaza means making it difficult for unhoused persons to rest in the park. If, indeed, there is a vagrancy problem, that is an enforcement problem, not a park design problem.
It also sounds like there is an attempt to convert it into an extension of the Pizza My Heart restaurant. Everyone should be able to enjoy this public park and the council should not let it become the private fiefdom of Pizza My Heart.
Bart Lytton was very unusual and civic-minded to build this corner plaza as a private enhancement of his Savings and Loan building. This park has been in its present configuration for more than 35 years. It is very well built and I defy you to find brickwork anywhere that has held up as well as this.
It is a very elegant design and should be preserved. In the 1970s I personally watered all the trees on the park at least once a week until the city purchased the park for about $250,000. I know that this is a well-used space and, from my perspective, pretty low maintenance.
I hope the council will not allow Friends of Palo Alto Parks, my former colleague Le Levy, Roxy Rapp, or Pizza My Heart dictate changes to this very special little Palo Alto park.