Los Angeles – Great Streets Initiative
With these introductory words, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the great Streets Initiative:
“Los Angeles must carefully consider how to leverage and invest our scarce resources, and we must strategically coordinate our investments in a manner that has the most meaningful impact on the City and its residents. Our street network stretches 6,500 centerline miles, making it the largest municipal street system in the United States. As the City’s largest public space asset, covering approximately 13% of our land area, streets reflect and drive the economic and social vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Accordingly, I am launching the City of Los Angeles Great Streets Initiative. This Initiative will focus on developing Great Streets that activate the public realm, provide economic revitalization, and support great neighborhoods Goals.”
TBTB’s long term goal to implement medians on Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Sierra Villa Drive is fully in synch with the Mayor’s Great Streets city-wide program. Over and over Eagle Rockers have understood the benefits of medians when they have campaigned for better maintenance of the existing Colorado Boulevard medians east of Eagle Rock Boulevard. New medians west of Eagle Rock Boulevard will offer safety benefits including traffic calming and more pedestrian crossing refuge areas. The varied and attractive shopping alternatives found east of Eagle Rock Boulevard is more likely to spread to the west as the Boulevard is made more pedestrian friendly.
The hope for new medians, which was included in José Huizar’s address at the recent State of the Town meeting, is an expensive goal. The estimated cost of a new median is $1,000 per foot, well above $100,000 per block. TBTB will send an appeal to the Great Streets Initiative requesting that our goal be included in those financially supported in 2015. It is hoped that the comprehensive vision plan that is already developed will provide a compelling argument for including our community in the 2015 funding approvals.