June 13, 2006

Councilman Slurries Atwater Village

Spotlight on streets: Fellow villager Miles wants the pale concrete avenues re-done as often as the darker asphalt roads. Curbed LA gets graciously involved, and LA Council President Eric Garcetti's office - which made a good showing at the AV street fest this weekend - responds, suggesting some of it comes down to aesthetics:

"Existing streets got a thin layer of petroleum 'slurry.' This extends the life of the street by an average of 7 additional years, delaying the need for a full, expensive repaving.

"Concrete streets are more difficult. Since it's pretty much cost-prohibitive to repair them to their original state, the Bureau of Street Services (BOSS) prefers to fix them by paving them over with asphalt - which many residents, fond of the concrete streets, object to."

Fondness for concrete? I see what Miles sees. Compare two areas of Atwater Village - like north and south of Glendale Blvd. - and it's like day (smooth streets, manicured yards) and night (concrete cracks, lawn jalopies).

Might there be a connection between public property caretaking and private propety pride?

It extends to graffiti, too. What's the incentive for a business to repaint walls when it's next to a riverbed or bridge that's perenially tagged?

4 comments:

sagedj said...

Not sure when you last saw south of glendale blvd, but here on madera its pretty nice, in fact so nice that when HGTV did a profile on Los Angeles's cute neighborhoods- the Atwater Village section only featured our house and our neighbors house. I have worked very hard on our garden. Please stop praising the north and doggin the south - thanks

blogger said...

But if we weren't dogging each others' neighborhoods, what would half of LA talk about?

sagedj said...

we are in the same neighborhood-

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