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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Boyle Heights may get unwired *

The sky above Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights is, like most places in Los Angeles, laced with a tangle of electrical, telephone, and other utility wires.  Many residents view that web of overhead wires and the poles that hold them up as unsightly. Officials with the Community Redevelopment Agency have proposed removing all those wires and poles and putting those utilities underground along a 1.3-mile section of Cesar Chavez from Evergreen Avenue on the east to Warren Street on the west. Eliminating wire blight, however, is not cheap or easy. The CRA and the city Department of Water & Power estimate it will take two years of construction and about $10 million to complete the project, which would involve electric, telephone, cable and other transmission lines.  On Wednesday, the City Council approved a motion that would eventually allow the DWP to begin engineering work on the project, which is a priority for Councilman and Boyle Heights resident Jose Huizar.

The funds to pay for the project would come from CRA bond money, the DWP and $2 million in federal funds that have yet to be granted.

* Correction: A previous version of this post said that the City Council approved a motion on Thursday. The vote actually took place on Wednesday.

Photo by Amayzun/Flickr/Creative Commons



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6 comments

  1. Thank God, this needs to be done all over the city.

  2. This type if project should be amended to the L.A. River Revitalization project, it will do no good if the ecology of the river is renewed but the views still include electrical towers and wires!

  3. right OP, because the birds and wildlife care about the view (I’m sure the hawks would be a little put out when you remove their perches). While we are at it lets put the railroad tracks and freeways underground so you can live out your pastoral fantasy.

    This is just pissing money that we don’t have away.

  4. its time to do it. Hope all who are involve move it faster. and bring new life to this commercial area. Do Boyle Heights has a Chamber of Commerce? Or its time to create one? I am ready……. Huizar its for re-election and he have to have something to talk about…… Now I know……..

  5. “like most places in Los Angeles”

    And a major reason that driving through the city often leaves one with the impression that it’s a place difficult to take seriously and be greatly enthusiastic about.

  6. Man, it’s about time. Here in Highland Park we have poles and wires nearing 100 years old. 10 million dollars really? Is that what it cost to get Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock underground a few years ago?

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