Why Silver Lake and Mt. Washington streets are the worst – repairs focus on the roads that need it the least

cracked silver lake street

While some roads in L.A. have been fixed over the past three years, many of the worst areas have been left to crumble even further, according to an updated study by the L.A. Times

This includes areas of neglect in Mount Washington, Silver Lake and almost 80% of the most damaged streets in Los Feliz. Many of those streets are paved with concrete, which is far more expensive to repair than asphalt.

Moreover, city leaders told the Times that’s by design. They’re fixing the good roads first. They’re fixing the bad roads … someday. Maybe.

“Tackling the most battered streets would chew up so much cash that the city would be unable to prevent salvageable ones from sliding into disrepair, according to public works officials. Unless the city gets a lot more money, they say, the worst roads will remain the worst.” — L.A. Times

As a result, more than 70% of streets that got a C grade before — for example, in the San Fernando Valley — have been maintained or improved over the last three years. But only less than half of the streets that got failing grades have seen improvement since 2013, the Times said.

The city is also focusing on larger streets that get more use. So narrow, residential streets get less attention.

“We all know that our street needs to be repaired — and we don’t have any expectation that it’s going to happen in our lifetime.”
— Mark Kenyon, vice president of land use for the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance

Go to the Times and look up your street grade here.

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  1. Keep writing those letters and make phone calls. We got our street repaved after much effort.

  2. Takes a while to navigate city map…..worth it, but depressing. Most of the streets in Silver Lake get an ‘F’. In addition, the last time they repaved my street was Jan 1, 1938!

  3. Silver Lake Blvd south of Sunset blvd is an atrociously terrible, horrible, deplorable and a car wrecking experience. i cringe every time I have to go through there.

  4. Well it definitely makes sense they’d prioritize major streets where the bulk of the tax base is being generated via mixed use commercial and higher population densities.

    Silver Lake Blvd. south of Sunset could really use a repave, if they haven’t yet. Extend the road diet and close that gap in the bike network (Beverly/Vermont Red Line > Silver Lake.)

  5. Case in point: Descanso Street off of Sunset Blvd. Deserves an F-. There are million dollar homes and new condos on that street. Why the residents don’t band together and demand the city fix that totally wrecked street is beyond me.

    Total fail.

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