A new pedestrian crossing signal and mid-block crosswalk is being installed on Silver Lake Boulevard near the new Silver Lake Meadow. The signal and pedestrian crossing, located between Earl Street and Armstrong Avenue, is expected to be operating by the end of the month, said Christopher Rider, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Transportation. Rusty Millar with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council said the idea of installing a pedestrian crossing light came up during the planning for the Silver Lake Meadow. Since street parking is not allowed on the west side of Silver Lake Boulevard next to the meadow, there has been an increase of people darting from the east side of the curving street, where parking it permitted, to get to the meadow and the walking path surrounding the Silver Lake reservoirs. A section of the wall separating the walking path from Silver Lake Boulevard has been removed as part of the creation of a mid-block cross walk.
* Update: Not everyone is happy with the new crosswalk and signals, notes Curbed L.A. Architect Dion Neutra, son of Richard Neutra, said the crosswalk next to his father’s VDL Research House is not only dangerous but one of signal poles mar the view of the property. Said Neutra on his blog:
So here we have an example of community based planning gone wrong. Would you install a pedestrian crossing in the midst of a freeway? That’s what this will do. But in addition to a wrong headed scheme, they’ve managed to erect an incredibly ugly POLE in the middle of the favored view that everyone wants to catch when they view or photograph this building.
Neutra said the pole should be moved 45 feet down Silver Lake Boulevard to blend in with some tall trees but the crosswalk -since it is being installed anyway – should be widened in the direction of the VDL house since so many visitors cross the boulevard to take photos from across the street.