Saturday, October 22, 2016

Silver Lake is dot-less

With Dots: Polka Dot Plaza in March 2012

Dot-Less: Polka Dot Plaza in April 2014

SILVER LAKE – Where did all  dots go?  It is almost been two weeks since  work began to repair and repaint the two-year old, car-free Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza.  But while a new coat of green paint now covers the plaza,  the 43-inch wide dots have yet to re-appear.  Does this mean a new design scheme is in the works? Are polka dots now so 2012?  Don’t fret, said Karina Macias with the city’s People Street program.  Macias, in an email, said:

The polka dots will be back! The refreshing of Sunset Triangle Plaza’s roadbed treatment is an ongoing process. The end date for the project is to be determined.

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  1. First the exodus of the gay bars and now no polka-dots? Oh the humanities!!!

  2. I kind of like it better without the dots. But ideally, if this is to be permanent, all that asphalt should just be torn up and some grass and trees can be planted.

    • Trees and grass look beautiful, but the polka dots are the ultimate in drought-resistant greenery 🙂 which, in these dry times, is probably a good choice.

      • Polka dots (scientific name “dottus polkus”) are not native to Southern California; they were originally imported here from a tropical island off the coast of Zanzibar. They require much more watering than other designs that are more indigenous to the American Southwest.

    • Actually, it’s mostly concrete rather than asphalt. What I really like about the repaint is that they’ve leveled and patched lots of the awful cracks in the concrete that make it difficult to bike through the plaza. (Maybe I shouldn’t be biking through the plaza though?)

      I wish they would do this for the bike lanes on Griffith Park Blvd, which are lined with cracks along the whole length.

  3. When they add the dots back, perhaps they can remove the green paint sloppily sprayed all over the bike racks. They presently look like they have been badly tagged.

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