Silver Lake clean up tackles the Vendome Street median

Abandoned furniture in the Vendome median. Photo by Luke Klipp

When Luke Klipp moved to Silver Lake last year, he settled on Vendome Street near the famed Music Box Steps and across from a median strip filled with shrubs, trees – and trash. “I’ve already taken on cleaning out the part directly in front of our house and using our green bin for all the detritus I pick up doing,” said Klipp “However, it hasn’t been tended to in a very long time, so the bin fills up quickly.”

Realizing that keeping a three-block long median strip clean was a bigger job than he could handle on his own, Klipp decided to organized a Vendome Median and Music Box Clean up on Saturday, May 19.

The Vendome median has become a convenient dumping ground, with its thick forest of greenery helping hide a large amount of trash, Klipp said. “Recently we had a large shelf, several couch-sized pads, and large bags of trash, and these things can sit and rot there for a long time,” said Klipp, a 34-year-old old governmental affairs worker. Meanwhile, weeds and vines spread across the the nearby Music Box Steps, where Laurel and Hardy filmed scenes from a 1932 movie classic .

Klipp envisions Saturday’s clean up – organized with the assistance of Silver Lake Improvement Association, Council District 13, and Aztecs Rising –  as the beginning of a long-term effort to keep the median and steps clean. “My hope is that enough people will see the value in investing time and effort into this that it can become an ongoing effort in which a group of us will participate on a regular basis going forward.”

Volunteers are asked to show up Laurel & Hardy Park for the clean up, which begins at 9 a.m. See flyer below for details.


  1. Thanks for this excellent write-up. I hope folks will be able to come out and give whatever they can on Saturday morning!

  2. I’ll be there!

  3. Bravo to Mr. Klipp! Well done sir!

    Interesting to see that the Silver Lake Improvement Association (led by one activist with a computer modem) is involved, but not the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council who receive thousands in city money (e.g. our tax dollars). #CommunityFail

  4. where’s the flyer?

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