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If I could give you one thing in this world, it would be the ability to see yourself as others see you.
That way, you would
realize what a truly
amazing person you are.
Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic partnering with the Valentine Peace Project.org
Sharing poems with you!
— Stefanie of Marlborough High School, LA
"Star twinks at blue heron
Nesting in eucalyptus
As I stroll by
Along Silver Lake.
Since 1993, Venice Arts has reached thousands of youth through our award-winning Art Mentoring Program Free to low-income families, more than 400 youth participate each year at our center in Venice or at an ArtPartner site in other areas of Los Angeles. A low student-to-artist ratio assures educational excellence and visual, digital, and media literacy: all key to future success.
Our programs include photography, filmmaking, and multimedia plus comics, animation, and writing that…
We encourage to you to vote for everyone involved with Silver Lake Star: Tracy Do, Tiao Properties, Patricia Aleman and Baller Hardware, plus Betsy Hall of Masterminds Today and of course, SilverLakeStar.com! THANK YOU. Contact us if you're interested in Best of Silver Lake Gala and Taste of Silver Lake tickets. Vote at silverlakechamber.com. Click on the yellow square.
TONIGHT, 9/11, local comedian and non-profit supporter, Richy Leis hosts another great event at El Cid. The evening is slated to start off with Steve Meek (or as he is called Los Feliz Poet Laureate) sharing sentimental memories, while saluting those who give it all for the U.S. Then, wait for it... 15 comedians exercising their free speech! They'll shake up your gut and celebrate what makes America great. Click here for…Continue
Posted by Betsy Hall on September 11, 2017 at 6:00pm
After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles City officials have agreed to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games instead of 2024. This agreement brings the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002 and will help generate hundreds of millions in…Continue
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Date: Saturday August 19, 2017
Location: Chevy Chase Recreation Center
Address: 4165 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles, 90039
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Join Silver Lake's government reps for family fun: LA Recreation & Parks Skate Day at Chevy Chase Recreation…Continue
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Night Palm is a newer shop, across from Leila Thai on Silver Lake Blvd. with curated items to give your pad Silver Lake style. They even have created a gender neutral scent for taking your style out on the town. We encourage you to drop in soon, and then circle back on Tuesday, August 3 for community, beverages and art.…Continue
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Silver Lakers and nearby folks are welcome to join Silver Lake Time Bank. Check out the About tab on Facebook. Here's one story of SLTB adventures from Lee Conger.
My Time Bank Story for today: Several weeks ago, when Katie from West Adams Time Bank bicycled over here to Silver Lake to help me with unspecified projects, I decided we should go harvest lemons from the un-monitored tree I spotted along the L.A. River several weeks prior. She and I walked and walked, bearing picker and bags, but I had us on the wrong stretch, so we never found the tree. Embarrassing. Recently I made a point of finding the tree and documenting its location. This morning, I saw Leonardo's request for lemons and was able to take him directly there. About 1/3 of the tree hangs over a fence; the fruit drops and rots. We began harvesting. And then the 'Time Bank Miracle' happened. When we offered lemons to passersby, they turned out to be the owners of the tree on the other side of the fence. They were delighted that the lemons would be used. They offered us grapefruit, too. They were interested to learn about the Time Bank and the Neighborhood Fruit Harvest Project and were happy to accept my offer to deliver them a bag of kumquats sometime soon. (Whose story is next?)
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The Griffith Park-adjacent space has two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Getting home from the Greek Theater would be a lot easier if you lived in this two-bedroom condo in Los Feliz. It sits right on Griffith Park Boulevard, and offers easy access to Griffith Park (the Greek included), as well as the shops and eateries on nearby Vermont and Hillhurst avenues.
The roomy residence measures 1,270 square feet, and it holds two bathrooms, a U-shaped kitchen, in-unit laundry, and a living room with fireplace. Wood-like floors run throughout much of the house, including the dining area just off the kitchen. There’s even a balcony, which looks like it could easily hold a few people.
Though both bedrooms have ample space and large windows, the master bedroom has the added bonus of a walk-in closet.
The condo comes with parking for two cars. It’s listed for $550,000, with $350-a-month HOA dues.
In the Leland Bryant-designed Country Club Manor
If this Hancock Park condo looks more European than Californian, that’s because it’s in a 1927 building designed by Leland Bryant. The architect created hundreds of elegant revival-style apartments buildings—many with French chateau-style facades—in and around West Hollywood in the ’20s and ’30s.
Though this one-bedroom, one-bath has been touched up, it still retains its vintage glamour, most noticeably thanks to the intricate moldings. The building itself, Country Club Manor, is beautiful, too. Located next to the posh Wilshire Country Club, its lobby features stained glass and leaded windows and a grand fireplace.
Last sold in June 2016 for $550,000, the 651-square-foot unit is now asking $699,000.
Had these projects been built, we wouldn’t be driving to LAX
If midcentury planners and architects had their way, we’d be whizzing around Los Angeles in monorails and flying buses. Southern California’s population and economy were booming in the 1950s and ’60s, driving up the demand for practical infrastructure, says architect and historian Alan Hess.
But, in that time, architects, who “like to think of themselves as visionaries,” were pushing the limits, he says.
“There do seem to be far-out ideas during this time that were in the spirit of excitement and ‘anything is possible,’” Hess says.
Except, some of them weren’t possible. Below, we’ve rounded up the far-out and never-built ideas for transportation in LA that came out of the late ’50s and ’60s.
One of the biggest criticisms levied against LA is that navigating LAX is a nightmare. It’s true. We have some decent transit options, but a quick and efficient direct route to one of the largest airports in the world has eluded us.
It didn’t have to be that way.
In 1959, Goodell Monorail Systems proposed a monorail that would have traveled from DTLA to LAX in 12 minutes, with stops at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Hollywood Park, Century and Western, and Crenshaw. Each of the monorail cars would have been equipped with air conditioning, heating, TV monitors and “quickly detachable porter-operated mobile baggage pods for baggage.”
The Washington Post says that in the 1960s, “an age of affordable supersonic flight seemed inevitable, promising U.S. coast-to-coast travel in just 90 minutes.” To plan for it, an architect named Donald Jaye drew up plans for an airport island in the Pacific Ocean, directly across from LAX. It would have been large enough to accommodate the U.S. Supersonic Transport (SST) and far enough away from homes that the noise apparently wouldn’t be as bothersome to residents.
Travelers would be able to access to the airport island via a causeway, bridge, and subway. Once there, they’d find not only terminals, runways, and hangars, but a mini city with a convention center, commercial area, hotels, art center, apartments, aerospace university, and parks and beaches.
Jaye, by the way, also sketched out this townhouse for bachelors, or as he described them: "unattached, affluent young man happily wedded to the infinite advantages of urbia.”
After the monorail idea, the city, in 1965, unveiled a plan to use “flying buses” to ferry travelers from Union Station to LAX. According to blogger Eric Richardson, the idea was to clip buses—big enough to hold about 60 to 70 passengers—to the bellies of giant crane helicopters. The trip would take just nine minutes. City officials even won a federal grant to study the idea, but it obviously never panned out.
One of the most astonishing transportation proposals in the history of Los Angeles was for a freeway that would have floated above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Bay.
It was supposed to be a solution for the gridlocked Pacific Coast Highway. The idea was to build a six-mile highway surrounded by a “chain of small man-made islands with housing and marinas, similar to the Florida Keys.”
To build the land mass, the Santa Monica LookOut says the plan was to remove 97 million cubic yards of dirt from the Santa Monica Mountains and dump it into the ocean. The plan appeared destined for approval until environmentalists mounted a strong opposition campaign.
Residents are concerned about traffic
The Redondo Beach City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend the city’s moratorium on mixed-use developments for 10.5 months, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The votes comes amid resident concerns over a scourge of traffic, and extends a previously implemented 45-day moratorium the council voted for in August. At that time, much of the debate around the ban focused on concerns of existing residents about the potential crowding that new development and new residents would bring to the beachside community.
As the city’s mayor, Bill Brand, said at the time, “Redondo does not have a housing shortage, and the crisis we do have really is a traffic crisis and an on-again, off-again water crisis ... and if we continue with a lot of this residential, soon we’ll have school overcrowding.”
The 10.5-month construction pause is meant to give city leaders a chance to devise new rules for mixed-use projects.
It’s not totally clear how many projects would be affected by the building pause.
The moratorium will prevent future mixed-use projects in areas zoned for mixed-use development, but doesn’t apply to previously approved projects, or projects in residential areas. It won’t apply to a planned makeover of the South Bay Galleria that would add housing to the retail center because the Galleria is in a “specialty zone,” says the Times.
This isn’t Redondo Beach’s first move to limit development in its borders. In March, voters approved a ballot measure limiting waterfront development in the city. It’s not certain what the passage of the measure means for a massive makeover planned for the city’s pier.
Right next to the Expo Line
Santa Monica’s Pen Factory, an office park on the site of an old Papermate manufacturing facility, is finally complete, contractor Morley Builders announced Thursday.
The adaptive reuse project, developed by Clarion Partners and Lincoln Property Company, turned the old factory into more than 200,000 square feet of office space with the help of architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).
The site’s previous owners, Hines, had wanted to build a project called the Bergamot Transit Village, a mixed-use complex that would have incorporated retail, residential, and office space to the neighborhood. After seven years of deliberations and false starts, Hines called it quits and sold the property to Lincoln and Clarion.
The Pen Factory is made up of two buildings, plus a central courtyard, a linear garden, and semi-private patios. There’s parking for 677 cars, though, hopefully, employees will also take advantage of the Expo Line, which has a stop across the street from the site at 26th and Bergamot. On-site showers and bike lockers have been added to entice people to use alternative transportation to work.Courtesy of Morley Builders
There’s clearly a demand for office space in the area: 90,000 square feet of the Pen Factory has already been leased to AwesomenessTV, an online streaming company.