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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Glassell Park’s fast-food corner may be renamed Fletcher Square

In the mood for a Whopper or McNuggets? How about  a Twice Grilled Burrito or a Teriyaki Chicken Bowl? Just steer your car in the direction of the forest of fast food and chain store signs that loom over Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road in Glassell Park. But, if city officials have their way, this often traffic-congested intersection will soon be known for something else than being a fast-food hot spot. Councilman Eric Garcetti has proposed officially naming this crossroads “Fletcher Square.”

The name Fletcher Square does not have any historic roots, and it is not to be confused with Fletcher Bowron Square, which is located downtown and is named in honor of the city’s 42nd mayor.  The name Fletcher Square is relatively new and came into being during the last decade when a set of design and planning guidelines – dubbed the Fletcher Square Community Design Overlay Zone  – was adopted for the immediate area surrounding  Fletcher and San Fernando. It was also a time when many neighborhood activists opposed a plan by Home Depot to takeover the former Kmart near the same intersection.

The City Council motion introduced by Garcetti says:

In the last decade, the Fletcher Square area of GlasselL Park has also become a thriving residential and commercial center with the addition of Juntos Park, the Glassell Park Community Garden, the Glassell Park Senior and Community Center, the Rio Vista housing development and other community assets.

The installation of ceremonial Fletcher Square signs are intended to help build awareness about the neighborhood and help generate pride among nearby merchants and residents, said Glassell Park activist Helene Schpak.

11 comments

  1. I’ve always found it irritating that we rename heavily trafficked intersections as “squares” in this city. As far as I know, I think quite a few people would object if I hung out in the middle of the “square” and read a book. Give us actual civic spaces rather than renaming our downtrodden infrastructure to boost real estate values.

  2. Glassel Park is my ‘hood.

    A name change won’t change this corner. Maybe a name change, a green turn arrow so that people don’t speed through the red light (the only way to turn left in any direction), the promised usage for the Van de Kamp building, some restaurants and stores worth visiting, and a host of other things. It’s not a handsome corner, by any stretch of the imagination.

  3. Still waiting for that abandoned shopping center to be reappropriated for something amazingly post-modern.

  4. Wow Garcetti! You sure do a lot for our community! This is truly
    a bold act!

  5. i wish that area was a square. naming it so won’t make it one.
    it’s a traffic congestion problem that’s only going to get worse. needs left turn arrows. needs beautification. i don’t intend to condescend the chain stores but autozone and el pollo do not make a square. the intersection just does not have elements of a community gathering place. it would be great if it did, but build it then name it. no shortcuts.

    i’d be thrilled if that intersection got left turn solutions and fletcher/san fernando got bike lanes.

  6. Garcetti’s the square. In lieu of actually IMPROVING it (or changing the zoning to allow for mega-density development), our councilman opted just to put some ceremonial and meaningless lipstick on that pig of an intersection.

  7. Garcetti is running for mayor and this is the best he can do for Glassell Park?
    This is about the only transparency you get from city council members.

    And this is right after he pushed a new community plan for Hollywood to have scycrapers and more dense packing of people- nice job, Eric. All levels of services and our infrastructure have been below acceptable level and this is the solution?

    Look for more density (development) changes coming to other neighborhoods, and faster if Garcetti becomes mayor. Garcetti thinks this is good? See LA Weekly stories.

    • I don’t mind a comprehensive metro plan that calls for greater density along the Metro corridors — in an era of (relatively) expensive fuel, infrastructure cutbacks and a steadily rising population, we can’t continue spreading horizontally. That is an example of Garcetti and his colleagues doing their job — legislating for the city’s present and future needs.

      This “Fletcher Square” plan, however, is a far more typical approach. Frittering away precious time & resources on cheap symbolism and trendy catch phrases that engender positive publicity but do little to actually improve the community.

      Like the other locals on here, I’d say Garcetti and friends should spend their political capital on realizing the potential & promise of the Van de Kampus, creating civic/green spaces in the area, creatively reimagining the old Sears location, improving traffic flow, etc. That’s real change.

      You can call San Fernando & Fletcher a square, a traffic circle, an impact zone, a transit hub, or a tetrahedron for all I care. But a true leader does more than revel in cheap semantics and meaningless ceremonies, Mr. Garcetti.

  8. Dave on Cazador Ridge

    There’s absolutely no reason to spend so much as a penny on a sign creating yet another miniplace name in Los Angeles – certainly not here. But I completely agree with the commenters who ask for the left turn arrow – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE spend the money on THAT instead!

  9. Wow! How about cleaning the drew st avenues problem up instead of giving this shit hole a nice name especially one with no historic significance.

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