Silver Lake seeking designer’s touch for Sunset Junction plaza

A design competition has been launched to create a small plaza and “permanent installation” – think monument sign or artwork – for Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction. The $100,000 project proposed for Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards would anchor the western end of  $1.5 million in public improvements that includes new street trees, patterned crosswalks and bike racks along a three-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard. (click here for a block-by-block proposal).

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The “Envisioning Silver Lake Design” competition, sponsored by Council District 13 and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council,  focuses on a wedge-shaped piece of asphalt next to the Silver Lake Jiffy Lube.  The judges want to stretch that $100,000 budget to include a permanent installation, trees, bike racks, and a place to sit that does not become a homeless encampment. Judges will be looking for “relevance to to Silver Lake culture, history, and Sunset Junction.”

Submissions are due April 11. There is no prize money but perhaps Jiffy Lube can throw in a free tune-up.

Related post:
Monument in the making for Sunset Junction. The Eastsider


  1. My dream for this: A plaza designed for street art performances’ (LA Cacophony Society type stuff) and the art insulation should be a 10 foot tall drag queen

  2. Will say this again:

    Sad that this is happening on a small strip of concrete because the city planners couldn’t look far enough in the future to save spots like the aforementioned Jiffy Lube for parks and community space.

    Call me when you’re tearing that eyesore down and are really ready to make a town square.

  3. if you check out the link to the full pdf, there’s actually proposed multiple stages, a later stage being the moving of the jiffy lube to make way for some sort of transit hub.

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to “ask” businesses to move? I’m all for free market capitalism, but saying Sunset Junction is one of LA’s great neighborhood streets, while being anchored by a run down El Pollo Loco? I don’t think so.

    I’m serious, I’d really like to know if there’s anything you can do, cuz I live here.

  4. Is this part of the L.A. times “Ugliest Intersection:? It looks like it. Just saying. @doreet. Great idea. They should build something like the Mariachi plaza in Boyle Hgts. & Olvera St.

  5. Thanks for pointing that out, TJ. My armchair criticizing can finally end.

    Agreed about the El Pollo Loco, but one step at a time, right?

  6. tj- At one of the committee meeting for this project (if you would like to be on that committee, contact Mitch at CD13) a community member who is in contact with the owners of Jiffe Lupe said the owners would be intereted in selling if the city offered the right amount. Per the city staff, this will happen down the line. and thanks for the postive words about my ideas.

  7. Isn’t just about everything for sale for “the right amount”?

  8. @ ben – yes, u r right!
    @ doreet – good suggestion.

  9. > Does anyone know if there’s a way to “ask” businesses to move?

    Typically, this is something handled by a community redevelopment agency like CRA/LA. They purchase properties, assemble them into one parcel if necessary, and then hire a developer to build a park, or sell the parcel to a developer that intends to build something that benefits the community.

    Unfortunately, if you’ve been following the news from Sacramento, you know that CRA/LA and the other California redevelopment agencies are getting axed this week.


  10. @Chris L – yes so I’ve read and what a shame.

    I guess I’ll learn to live with El Pollo Loco for now. Maybe they can do a package deal with the other restaurants in the junction – buy 1 el pollo loco chicken, get an Intelligentsia cappuccino for half off, and throw in some Berlin Currywurst for good measure!

  11. They should build a nice fountain there with some park benches and a few trees.

  12. I have lived in Silver Lake for many years and have enjoyed the progress Sunset Junction has made over the years. There are so many new interesting and good restaurants and shops. Anything to help improve the junction and make it a place people want to go to I am for.

  13. Last week the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council approved $2500 towards designs drawings for gateway signage.

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