Cellphone tower sends a strong signal about Glassell Park

Glassell Park cellphone tower doubles as a community marker/ Andrew Montealegre

The residents of Glassell Park will gather next to the 2 Freeway near San Fernando Road on Saturday morning to celebrate a victory over the fake palm and pine trees that are designed to disguise cell phone towers.

In response to community opposition, Verizon Wireless decided to build a Streamline Moderne-style tower  instead of a monopine – a fake pine tree – to house a 70-foot-high cell phone antenna next to a freeway offramp.  Early renderings showed the tower topped by a clock.  But instead of a clock, the sides of the tower, which was completed in August, are now covered with large letters that spell out “Glassell Park.”

Andrew Montealegre, who spearheaded opposition to the monopine, is quite happy with the results. Montealgre, who also serves as head of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council’s Economic Development and Land Use Committee, said in an email:

We have established a model for the rest of the City. Our wireless tower is a positive addition that not only serves as a new “community marker” but is also a good example of constituents working with corporations to achieve a common purpose. We went from the City’s approval of a fake tree to this model tower with our name on it.

The ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. at 2910 San Fernando Road, will serve as a kick-off for a community clean up.


  1. I have to admit – in hearing the early arguments about this I thought the issue sounded sort of silly. But it looks like the end result will actually be a huge improvement over the alternatives! It seems that something like this would be great practice in general for cellular towers in urban neighborhoods.

  2. really? Huge, yes, but an improvement? No. It is uglier than a fake pine would have been. I like the idea of getting creative, but this is a bad solution. Put me down with the haters.

  3. This is much better than the fake tree!

  4. Agree. I like the civic-mindedness of the entire design. It’s actually quite elegant. Count me among the relieved and grateful.

  5. I think they should have created a more realistic and useable fake tree….instead of a concrete monolith. This is not a piece of design I would want to look at everyday…just my 2 cents.

  6. Twelve Words or Less

    Personal taste arguments aside, this is win-win. Inspiring example of civic discourse.

  7. It looks like a giant D*LDO
    I love the “Personal taste arguments aside” comment.

    It’s very ugly, extremely ugly.

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