The Expo Line extension to Santa Monica is now more than 60 percent complete and should open in a year in a half (if not earlier). The Sepulveda station, a block south of Pico, just got its elevator cages installed and is almost ready for primetime. But will Sepulveda Boulevard be ready for the train’s arrival? The north-south conduit has no sidewalks on much of its west side, through West LA, which will make it very hard to walk anywhere from the station (the sidewalk on the east side is narrow and abuts a parking lot between Exposition Boulevard and Pico). However, the Expo Authority tells Curbed they’re building a westside sidewalk on Sepulveda from Exposition to Pico. North of Pico, the sidewalk again disappears on the westside, so the boulevard’s car-orientation will likely remain even when the train is running.
Posts Tagged ‘Street’
PASADENA: The Rose Bowl hosts LA Street Food Fest this Saturday, with 100 different vendors offering the best in hand-food. Eater has the 10 items you must stuff down your face. Also, there’ll be booze and Jonathan Gold sightings.
PASADENA: While in the ‘Dena, check out the new coffee place Lavender & Honey on Washington Boulevard. The elegant little space offers sandwiches, salads, and free WiFi.
ALL OVER: Eater announced its Young Guns Class of 2014 this week, and it includes the talented Mei Lin of LA’s own Ink. The group of 16 youthful chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and hospitality folks were honored at a Culver City bash on Tuesday.
· Eater LA [Official Site]
Streetsblog reports that the heavily anticipated makeover of Figueroa Boulevard, known as MyFigueroa, has at last overcome challenges from the Shammas auto dealership group paving the way for LA’s first complete street. In a letter to the City last week, Shammas withdrew its appeal of the project. “The MyFigueroa project will be Los Angeles’ first large-scale “complete streets” makeover. It creates a street that’s truly welcoming and safe for everyone. The project features widened sidewalks, wayfinding, landscaping, pedestrian-scale lighting, improved bus stops, and the city’s first protected bikeway or cycle track.” [Streetsblog, previously on Curbed]
One of the most dreadful wastes of space in the Historic Core could be filled in with a new skyscraper, reports Brigham Yen. A Downtown real estate broker is marketing the parking lot at the northwest corner of Eighth and Spring to developers, hoping they will construct something big—the picture is an imaginary rendering as no developer is attached at the moment. New Downtown Brokerage is offering entitlements that expire in four years but can be extended another two; in the marketing brochure for the space, the 39,000 square foot parking lot is described as “one of the last remaining development sites in Downtown Los Angeles” (considering DTLA’s innumerable surface parking lots, that claim is a laugh). Even though The Chapman Lofts and Terroni are steps away, this part of Spring is pretty much a wasteland, especially compared to a few blocks north, an area that teems with restaurants, bars, and street life.
· Downtown LA Parking Lot Next to Chapman Lofts at 8th/Spring Looking for High-Rise Developer [BY]
Ron Cole, you’ve done it again, giving us not just the intersection seen in yesterday’s Cornerspotter, but also the dang address! This is 783 S. San Pedro St., at Eighth Street, roughly between the Warehouse and Fashion Districts. The spot was a flophouse, then a parking lot sometime in the late 1950s, and it remains a parking lot today, although with the recent demand for Downtown housing (which has already claimed so many parking lots), one has to wonder if this spot might become housing again one day soon. (Hopefully nicer, safer housing than it was back then.)
LA City Councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander have a plan to get the money needed to fix LA’s craggy streets and dangerously damaged sidewalks and it’s similar to a lot of other plans to fix things around here: pass a measure that would increase the sales tax to 9.5 percent. (A study released about three weeks ago had suggested that upping the sales tax would be the best way to generate $ 4.5 billion for street and sidewalk repair.) Officials presented the Save Our Streets Los Angeles Ballot Measure publicly for the first time yesterday via an easily digestible PowerPoint that makes the case that, since the gas tax is not yielding enough money to fund the extensive repairs the city’s roads and walkways need (damn you, more efficient cars!), the money’s going to have to come from somewhere, unless of course you want to keep hitting potholes and tripping on busted sidewalks. Where are the fixes most needed? Of the 15 streets that are going to get the most repairs (above), Sepulveda Boulevard tops the list, needing big-time help along a non-continuous 109 miles, followed by Van Nuys Boulevard, which will need about 60 miles repaired.
· Los Angeles leaders lay out plan for sales-tax hike to fix streets, sidewalks [DB]
· Save Our Streets LA PowerPoint presentation [SOSLA]
· Study: Sales Tax Best Bet For Fixing LA’s Awful Streets/Sidewalks [Curbed LA]
[Eagle Rock, Canopy. Photo by Ron Burch/ Curbed LA flickr pool]
· LA Marathon: Don’t forget, road closures all over the place [abc7]
· USC Architecture’s Alvin Huang lauded for work [USC News]
· RealtyTrac adds sex-offender, toxic dump data to listings [Inman]
· LA Country Club in spat with neighbor over giant fence [golf digest]
· Inside the Kardashian’s fake home in Fryman Canyon [Examiner]
· Illegal home additions ordered demolished in La Cañada [Valley Sun]
· Survey: Car sharing is taking 500k cars off the road [Co.Exist]