Posts Tagged ‘Street’

Curbed – Word on the Street: Renderings Revealed For LA’s First Three Pop-Up Public Plazas

Sunday, January 11th, 2015


The first wave of cool, pop-up public spaces from the People St. program—created to help make it easier for communities to create their own temporary parklets and public plazas—are breaking ground in February, says People St.’s website. The plazas are going up near Lankershim/Magnolia in North Hollywood, on Bradley Avenue at Van Nuys in Pacoima, and at Forthy-Third Place between Degnan and Leimert in Leimert Park; four parklets that also received approval are still in the design phase, but it’s estimated they’ll be installed in the summer of 2015. People St.’s installations are only approved for a year, so by this time next year there could be another round of plazas and mini-parks in the works.

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· People St Projects Coming Soon [People St.]
· Here Are the 7 Spots Getting LA’s First Pop-Up Public Plazas [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: San Pedro Doesn’t Want Their Great Street to Be Too Great

Friday, January 9th, 2015

[Image via Joey Zanotti / Curbed LA flickr pool]

Mayor Eric Garcetti has named 15 roads throughout Los Angeles as the first to get people-friendly makeovers for his Great Streets Program, including San Pedro’s major artery, Gaffey Street, which was the first to get the ball rolling on upgrades, in the form of vibrant neon-blue updates to a sign over the road. Some were underwhelmed by the effort, but it seems like a sign was a smart, safe choice, because San Pedro does not actually like it when you mess with its streets. When residents got wind of the possibility that a car lane might be removed from Gaffey as part of the Great Streets plan, the Daily Breeze reports, 200 of them filled a public meeting to protest.

Taking out a car lane would calm traffic on the street and perhaps make room for a bike lane, which would help make the area more friendly to people than to cars for a more lively neighborhood feel. But before the meeting even took place and without any firm plan to remove lanes, 1,000 people had signed an online petition, “virtually overnight,” against removing a lane. When planners, likely overwhelmed by the response compared to the low turnout for the previous two Gaffey meetings, announced there would be no lane-removal, “Applause immediately broke out.”

Okay, so if they’re not going to take a lane out, what’s the plan for greatening this road up? According to Councilmember Joe Buscaino, “The bottom line is that the Great Street Initiative is meant to get rid of undesirable businesses along Gaffey, like the pot shops and the fast-food restaurants.” (Huh, no one mentioned that before…) After the fries and weed clear out, Buscaino would like to see the addition of pretty landscaping, and family dining with outdoor seating. That does sound nice, but what are the odds it will actually happen? At that same meeting, planners revealed both that there’s a chance that San Pedro could get its hands on $ 1.7 million toward realizing this idyll, and that such a project would “take decades and much more money than that to complete.”
· San Pedro residents at meeting applaud news that Gaffey won’t see lane reductions [DB]
· LA’s Great Streets Makeovers Begin With a Sign in San Pedro [Curbed LA]
· The First 15 LA Streets Getting Big Great Streets Makeovers [Curbed LA]
· Eight Amazing Changes on the Way to the Streets of LA [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: Next Up For Great Streets Makeover: Reseda Blvd. in Northridge

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


The first improvement made under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Program lit up San Pedro this week, bringing some cool blue lighting to an elevated pedestrian walkway over busy Gaffey Street. There are 15 streets set to get the people-friendly makeover treatment—one for each City Council district. Next up: Reseda Boulevard in Northridge. Yesterday, says the LA Daily News, city officials took a “maintenance walk” along the street, identifying problems and discussing fixes that would make the street more welcoming to pedestrians and businesses alike. By next June, all 15 districts will have had a maintenance walk and repairs made, says a rep for the mayor.

It appears that no hard-and-fast plans have yet emerged for Reseda between Plummer Street and Parthenia Avenue, where the improvements are set to be installed, but the city has hired LA-Más, a nonprofit design group, which will be meeting with community and local business leaders to brainstorm ideas and hammer out a timeline for the project. Councilmember Mitch Englander, who reps the area, would like to see more “walkability, usability and mobility” transforming that section of the street into “a gateway to the crown jewel of the Valley.” The president of the North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to see buildings that are more ped-friendly, with greater setbacks from the street, plus a “more attractive” thoroughfare overall. The mayor’s budgeted about $ 800,000 for the first year of Great Streets, meaning roughly $ 50,000 for each of the 15 projects.
· Great Streets, plan to remake L.A. roads, enters second phase [LADN]
· The First 15 LA Streets Getting Big Great Streets Makeovers [Curbed LA]
· LA’s Great Streets Makeovers Begin With a Sign in San Pedro [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: To make room for construction on…

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 5.57.05 PM.pngTo make room for construction on the Crenshaw/LAX line’s Exposition Station, Crenshaw Boulevard will be completely closed between Exposition Boulevard and Coliseum Street, “24/7,” from November 7 to 24, then again from December 1 to 14. The street will be open for the week of Thanksgiving, but then closes right up again. Metro’s got all the detour information to get around the long digging spell. [Metro]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: Eight Amazing Changes on the Way to the Streets of LA

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


Today the city and the LADOT released a report that details its strategy for making Los Angeles’s streets—”our largest public asset,” Mayor Garcetti writes in the report—generally awesomer and safer for people using all modes of transport, and dovetailing with the mayor’s big-deal Great Streets Program. Called “Great Streets for Los Angeles,” the report outlines a series of goals for making better LA streets—the street system accounts for 15 percent of LA’s land area, it notes, and Garcetti writes that “We need them to also foster community by providing places to gather and enjoy.” One of the major aims, the Daily News points out, is to eliminate all pedestrian deaths by 2025. (In 2012, nearly 80 pedestrians were killed in collisions with cars; that’s 40 percent of all deaths from traffic crashes, according to the report.) There are a lot of other big goals in the report (like the one to make every street redesign safer), but there are also a lot of more immediate plans; we’ve combed through for eight of the coolest changes we could see hit the streets over the next several years.

· No more insane-o, towering parking signs. Great Streets is looking to “develop [a] clearer parking sign system for easier interpretation by motorists” that will also include standardization of signage.
· A seven-year “rolling meter upgrade cycle” to keep up with the latest parking meter technology.
· A crackdown on the jerks who misuse disabled placards to park for free at meters.
· Re-time 400 crosswalk signals a year, to make it so that people have enough time to cross the street.
· Order all new DASH buses with bike racks and have 75 new DASH buses with racks on the road by 2017.
· Take LA ExpressPark to Venice by 2017; the parking program keeps tabs on where spaces are available and adjusts prices according to availability, and has been a success in Downtown already.
· Add benches, trees, better sidewalks at high-volume bus stops that are in need of such additions. There are also plans to install real-time arrival information at a handful of stops.
· Expand the hail-a-cab program, which allows people to hail taxis on the street rather than having to wait at a taxi stand, to four more pilot business districts across the city.

· Great Streets for Los Angeles [Scribd]
· The First 15 LA Streets Getting Big Great Streets Makeovers [Curbed LA]
· Great Streets [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – On the Racked: Third Street Promenade Turns 25, LA’s Best Organization Stores, Anine Bing on West Third

Saturday, August 30th, 2014


SANTA MONICA: Third Street Promenade turns 25 years old next month. To toast its quarter-life anniversary, Racked shares before and after photos of the groundbreaking outdoor shopping center and reveals the Promenade’s KCRW-powered birthday plans.

CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s best organization stores. Highlights include the Original Farmers Market’s new Container Store, MUJI in Hollywood, and Poketo in DTLA.

BEVERLY GROVE: Danish designer Anine Bing has opened her first boutique on West Third Street. The former model’s debut store features timeless basics, boots, leather jackets and lingerie.
· Racked LA [Official Site]

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Curbed – Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: Al Levy’s Tavern on Vine Street Near Selma

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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[Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection]

Somebody buy BrianSorensen and kabamn a couple of cold oyster cocktails for guessing the closest intersection and the actual address (respectively) of Al Levy’s Tavern in Hollywood, as seen in this photo. It was a tricky one, seeing as there were a number of Al Levy’s across town through the years, but the theater next door (now the Montalban) was the giveaway. The waiter-turned-restaurateur remembered as the guy who kickstarted a full-on LA craze for his signature spicy seafood concoction (yes, it was a thing) got his first big break in Downtown; this Hollywood outpost was his last one, opening sometime in 1929. The tavern was damaged by a 1941 fire (this fire??) and eventually became a Mike Lyman’s chain, which closed in 1959, according to an LA Times article from the same year.

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The Montalban Theater (the CBS theater in the older photo) is visible on the left side of the photo. The location of the old Al Levy’s Tavern is underneath that parking garage.
· Hint: Where Could You Get Oyster Cocktails in the 1930s? [Curbed LA]
̭ A food fad that lives on [LAT]

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