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Updated: Street Porch Wouldn't Reduce York Boulevard Parking

Community members have three opportunities to weigh in on the project this week.

An effort more than 18-months in the making to convert a portion of York Boulevard into a street porch complete with public seating and mosaic tile art will attempt to clear what supporters call its final hurdle on Friday, as the Los Angeles City Council will consider a motion by Councilmembers Jan Perry and José Huizar requesting support for the first-of-its kind project.

The motion calls for the Los Angeles City Council to instruct "the Planning Department, in coordination with Department of Transportation, and the Department of Public Works" to assist in the implementation of two street porch demonstration projects, which would be located on York Boulevard in Highland Park and Huntington Drive in El Sereno.

"One key point in the deliberations will be confirming that there is broad community support for the project," Huizar wrote in his weekly newsletter on Friday, August 17.

The during one of the first new York Vision Plan forums held by Huizar in January of 2011.

The York Boulevard street porch's design was , a design firm contracted by Huizar to facilitate the "new York" planning efforts, and was refined along the way through input provided by community members.

According to L.A. Streets Blog, the street porch would feature "inset tile mosaic and river rocks." Further, "the design alludes to the history and natural environment of Highland Park and honors and engages the area’s emerging creative community."

Supporters of the street porch plan think of it as investment in innovative infrastructure that will spur further development on York Boulevard.

The plan has been met by some opposition, though. John Carlucci, owner of Manic Panic hair salon at 5035 York Boulevard expressed concerns that the porch would reduce parking and hurt business. Carlucci's business is located directly across the street from Do It Best Hardware, where the street porch would be installed.

"I think this is a really bad idea. I own a business on York Boulevard and parking already is a problem," Carlucci said in September. "We recently lost parking spaces as a bike [corral] was installed and now we are slotted to lose more for parklets?"

Cathi Milligan, owner of the on York Boulevard, said that the street porch wouldn't actually take up any public parking spaces, as it would be located in area currently designated as a no parking zone.  Patch previously reported that the street porch would occupy two parking spaces. We regret the error.

Community members will have three opportunities to weigh in on the street porch issue this week

Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee
Location: City Hall Room 1060
Date: Tuesday, August 21
Time: 8:30 am-10:30 am

Transportation Committee
Location: City Hall Room 1010
Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Full City Council Meeting
Location: City Council Chambers, Room 340, City Hall
Date: Friday, August 24
Time: 10am-12 noon

mac August 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It is a potentially interesting idea but a poorly executed design. This is just my opinion.
Mary L Gomez August 28, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Totally agree...I live only couple of blocks away..and does anyone remember what happened at Troy's??. dui driver...so many places within 2 blks that sell alcohol..now they can sit and drink outside? which will happen..Just an accident waiting to happen. This is just not what our community needs..I am really worried also about that expensive park on York and Ave 50...for who is it anyway? really..I'd like to know because no way will I go to a park where there is traffic..noise..etc.. but this porch thing...i really thought it was a joke..sad to find out that it's not...Money & time wasted on this can be spent on other much more important things HP RESIDENTS can use.. M L Gomez, Highland Park Resident
Mary L Gomez August 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
These people (some) who hang out on York blvd also just think they can cross the street anywhere they feel..no matter the light is RED...and that is just not fair to residents who are just trying to get home...
Mary L Gomez August 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I'm guessing most folks that want it are not actual residents...and this is HP...not NY...not Silver Lake..nor Pasadena..etc...money spent (aka wasted) can be used for something more appropriate for our community..Respecting all opinions just giving mine...
Peter Bedard August 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
As a long time East Side resident and Highland Park dweller I'm thrilled about all the new parks. I'm for anything that encourages people to stop and breathe, to have a place to sit down with a friend, and/or to make a new one. A place to create community in a neighborhood crying out for opportunities to meet and greet. Our neighborhood is changing, people are coming out of there homes and cars and looking for places and things to do that support community. It's why Art Walk, movie night, the art tour and events like this in our hood have come into being. My regards to those who see this vision and who are creating these wonderful opportunities to be outside and truly IN this wonderful neighborhood. A neighborhood that died many years ago when it turned away from community when people stopped strolling along our beautiful streets. This park will once again attract that ambience, as it has proven to do in many other cities, and bring some heart back into the community by providing a place to be.

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