Pity the Priuses and Audi wagons of Silver Lake. An L.A. Times story on the poor condition of the city’s streets proved what many Silver Lake motorists already know: the neighborhood’s streets are among the worst in the city. In fact, more than half of Silver Lake’s streets earned an “F” grade (the lowest possible) by the city’s Bureau of Street Services. The definition of an “F” street: “Major or unsafe cracking, 36% to more than 50% of street base failure. Resurfacing or reconstruction required.”
The story points out that a combination of old concrete streets and the city’s system of road repair, which puts streets in need of the most extensive and costly repairs at the bottom of the list, helps explain Silver Lake’s poor road conditions.
An interactive map that accompanies story allow residents to check out the grades attached to their streets. Other poorly performing neighborhoods:
- Mt. Washington: 50% of streets earned an “F” grade
- Atwater Village: 44% of streets earned an “F grade
- Echo Park: 36% of streets earned an “F” grade