Some great articles on local streetscape issues have been appearing in the press. Here are some excerpts and links to the articles….
“… Residents unanimously agreed that the median on Colorado Boulevard in front of the Renaissance Arts Academy, a charter school, should receive attention first, given its prominent location and the current lack of living vegetation in the area…”
–from Robert Garrova’s report from the second round of Huizar’s Median Advisory Committee.
“If LADOT won’t step up as it did in other parts of the city, it’s time for the Councilman to show some leadership. Your community is waiting.”
–from Damien Newton in LA Streetsblog: Eagle Rock Residents Pushing for a Slimmer Colorado Boulevard. This article includes a link to traffic counts for Colorado Boulevard from LADOT.
“What was supposed to be a discussion confined to the maintenance of the medians on Colorado Boulevard snowballed into a larger pow-wow about a range of environmental, beautification and street-use issues…”
— from Robert Garrova in Eagle Rock Patch: Discussion Kicks off on Colorado Boulevard’s Neglected Medians
“The Colorado Boulevard portion of the Bike Plan is scheduled to be tentatively implemented in 2015, says Turner [of the Department of City Planning], adding that “as with everything else, implementation depends on funding, staff resources, and community involvement.”
— from Robert Garrova in Eagle Rock Patch: The Future of Colorado Boulevard.
“We need to start thinking of our streets as among our most important public spaces. The Eagle Rock Recreation Center and Eagle Rock High School campus are both approximately 20 acres in size. Guess which other publically owned spaces in Eagle Rock are approximately 20 acres? Answer: The stretch of Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Figueroa Street and Eagle Rock Boulevard between Colorado and York Boulevard.”
— from Mark Vallianatos in Eagle Rock Patch: 8 Ways to Create Better Streets
“I am open and would love to entertain a discussion about how we can not only reduce the number of lanes but also put in a bike lane,” Huizar said in his interview with Eagle Rock Patch. “I know there are some local organizations that are part of this discussion—I want to hear from them and see what their ideas are.”
— From Robert Garrova in Eagle Rock Patch: Caring for Colorado. Don’t miss the comments section afterward… These are all ideas this blog will be quantifying– with pictures and diagrams, just like in our last post.
“We’re updating our streets to reflect the way people live now. And we’re designing a city for people, not a city for vehicles.”
This article from Esquire dramatizes the approach of Janette Sadik Khan, Transportation Commissioner of NYC and Occidental College graduate.