Eagle Rock focuses attention on its other boulevard

EAGLE ROCK — When people here talk about “The Boulevard,” they are most likely referring to Colorado Boulevard. This is where many new restaurants and shops have opened thanks to private and public efforts to revitalize the neighborhood’s main street. But now some residents say it’s time to spend more time, money and love on the  neighborhood’s other main drag: Eagle Rock Boulevard.

“Rock the Boulevard” is the name of the community effort to inject new energy and investment into a two-mile stretch of Eagle Rock Boulevard between Colorado Boulevard on the north and York Boulevard on the south. It mirrors  the campaign — and involves some of the same community leaders and groups — that helped renew Colorado Boulevard. That initiative was called Take Back the Boulevard.

Rock The Boulevard Community Meeting

  • Tuesday, March 20: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock, 51o5 Hermosa Avenue.

The idea behind both efforts is to make the streets more walkable and pedestrian friendly. That in turn attracts more businesses to feed off the foot traffic and turn the streets into destinations instead of just funnels for traffic.  At least that’s the concept.

New businesses — including a Sprouts market — have popped up on Eagle Rock Boulevard and new residential development is works. But many say the street could use a more concerted effort to deal with some challenges and problems.

For one thing,  Eagle Rock Boulevard is very wide — four lanes of traffic and a median. That can make it daunting to cross a street frequently filled with speeding motorists.  Pedestrians must also deal with broken sidewalks and a lack of shade trees.

These are some of the issues that are being taken up during a series of community meetings to help shape the long-term goals and vision for Rock the Boulevard, which is headed by Bob Gotham, the former, long-time head of the Eagle Rock Association.

“What is really critical is the involvement of the community in this process,” Gotham told The Occidental, the Occidental College student-run news site.  “It is up to us to engage the community to the point where we can say these are the things the community would like to see happen.”

The next meeting is scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, March, 20, from 7 pm. to 9 pm at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock, 51o5 Hermosa Avenue.

Organizers are also asking residents to take an online survey to help determine the main issues and

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  1. no! enough is enough. this will just result in gentrification.

    • uh… i believe the gentrification of Eagle Rock has been well established.

      making streets safer helps everyone, especially those who take public transport, walk, bike or skate — all people who can’t afford or choose not to drive.

  2. What it sounds like is “Road Diets”, “Traffic Calming” and “Lane Repurposing”. LADOT answer to traffic. Courtesy of Garcetti’s “Vision Zero” project, Resulting in miles of backed up cars and more traffic going nowhere.

    • ok, so where is the miles of backed up traffic on Colorado Blvd, then? (it’s not there)

      the only real choke point is by Target where Colorado splits, and that has nothing to do with the amount of lanes, but the terribly designed traffic signals

  3. Crazy that the above comments are actually disapproving of neighborhood improvements…

    PEOPLE we’re trying to make this a better city for HUMANS. Our region has been ruled by motor corridors for too long, ERB being one of them.. it’s a basically a damn highway most parts of the day, and it’s littered with empty stores and gigantic parking lots.

    If this was actually your neighborhood, you’d welcome such improvements, but it’s clear that detractors are scared of one thing, “extending their commutes” These places that are seeing pedestrian attention are called “neighborhoods” not drive-thru shortcuts.

    ERB is really wide and conducive to speeding. I hope they address that with extended sidewalks and building heights that are more proportionate the street width.

  4. this is great news.

    as a pedestrian, ER Blvd is very scary to cross.

    even Colorado is no picnic, drivers DO NOT look for pedestrians, especially when turning onto Colorado Blvd, they only look to see if cars are coming and just roll right through stop signs making a right. i never take a chance b/c I know most drivers don’t care / don’t look.

    even right in front of Trader Joe’s, which has ton of foot traffic, if the driver doesn’t make eye contact I assume they will try to run me down.

    Eagle Rock is surrounded by Freeways (134, 2, 110) — there is zero excuse to turn our regular streets into fast moving car speedways.

    slow the hell down, people’s lives are at risk!

  5. TheRealEagleRocker

    Pedestrians are also a problem. Texting while walking in cross walks and often a total lack of common sense when it comes to their own safety. How about we address the seemingly complete lack of traffic enforcement in ER and HLP?

    • every third driver has their head buried in their phone while operating a 4000lb machine but tell me about people who walk and text being the real safety issue

      • TheRealEagleRocker

        Did not say it was “the real safety issue”, but your point is even more of a reason for pedestrians to be paying better attention!

        Also why traffic enforcement should be a bigger part of the solution. How many tickets for cel phone use are the LAPD writing? Running stop signs? Speeding on residential streets? Those are on going safety hazards for all citizens.

  6. ER resident since 77

    I remember Colorado being a normal street but then the 84 Olympics came to town and Colorado lost its left turn lanes to make way for green islands. Islands created more traffic and several deaths from people crashing, all that was created for the torch run that came down Colorado. Back then every street had a left turn lane now it’s just a few. Now add the bike lane, that used to be a traffic lane a long time ago with no parking during commute times. ERB was a fast moving street back then but now only a small stretch moves cause there are only a few lights. It would be nice if some decent businesses would come to town. Gentrification has already happened in ER and now HP is getting it. I would hope something would be done about the homeless issues we have in ER. What I hate is the cities idea of revitalizing a area cause all it means is more mini malls or shopping centers. ER has plenty of mini malls and doesn’t need more. ER also doesn’t need more coffee shops. Hope something pleasant comes to ERB but I highly doubt it when the city is involved.

    • What would be a “decent business” or “something pleasant”? What are your takes on Little Beast, Modan Ramen, Four Cafe, Milkfarm, Peekaboo, Posto Gusto, Meea’s, Green Dragon, Red Herring, Acorn, Cacao Mexicatessen, Rock Dog & Cat, etc?

  7. Maybe we need a little theater space that the public can rest for plays, small concerts/recitals, comedy nights, one-person shows, lecture series, spelling bees, fashion shows, chess tournaments, etc.

  8. Or maybe a toy store specializing in educational toys, or a small book store – with a music store and art studio space. I think we might need an office supply store or a small business incubator

  9. Make Eagle Rock Boulevard great again! For 60 years, Eagle Rock Boulevard had trains running along it — it’s time rail service returned. If Metro built a light rail line up the boulevard it could connect with the planned North Hollywood-Pasadena BRT line.

  10. I’d like to highlight that ER Blvd. doesn’t do a great job of attracting new businesses for the sake of the buildings that exist on that Blvd. I’ve lived there my whole life, and lets face it, architecturally, it’ a ramshackle of poorly constructed buildings. A whole bunch of one story buildings that don’t have much square footage – unlike the revitalization/gentrification of HP, there are no old gems waiting to be uncovered. While a road diet and trees would make it more stroll friendly, commercial friendly spots that attract more foot traffic are fairly scattered.

    • Hmm… these businesses that all opened in the last 4 years on ER Blvd, beg to differ:
      – Patio Burger
      – Rock N Egg Cafe
      – Zweet Station
      – Walt’s Bar
      – Mia Sushi
      – Max City BBQ

      And these older places, are also quite charming and /or occupy interesting spaces:
      – Senor Fish
      – Abby’s Diner
      – Pat & Lorraine’s
      – Jakes Barber Shop
      – All Star Lanes

      As the BLVD gets safer and easier to navigate for pedestrians, I would expect the trend of more businesses coming in to increase. There are many one story buildings with very small square footage that seem to be doing quite well on York and Fig in HLP. The biggest indicator if a business wants to occupy a space is not necessarily size but opportunity and access to customers.

      • I don’t know if I’d consider All Star Lanes in its current condition as a charming or interesting space. They had to make a sign advertising the fact that they were open, because it looks like it’s perpetually closed.

        • I have to agree with Reyes. Pat and Lorraine’s looks like a dump. The ER Bowling Alley looks like it could be vacant.

          • haha why does P&L look so terrible? i cant figure it out.. it would take very little to make a big diff. its almost like they’re trying to keep it looking bad.

  11. Bring it on! And throw Cypress Ave in there too, while you’re at it

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