Thursday, October 27, 2016

Will the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion ever get built?

2004 rendering of transit pavilion created by SciArc students

2004 rendering of transit pavilion created by SCI-Arc students | Courtesy Helene Schpak

GLASSELL PARK — It’s been a decade since neighborhood activists and SCI-Arc student architects came up with a plan to build several canopies to shelter bus riders who wait on a  traffic island bounded by San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard. The concept and plans for the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion won the support of the city but nothing ever got built, leaving bus riders to wait  Now, there’s a new effort to finally construct the pavilion, with residents and bus riders being asked to attend a community meeting tonight (Sept. 10) to hear more about the project.

Since the concept was first proposed, a new high school has been built across the street from the traffic island  while a new apartment complex has been constructed nearby. “This island, that sits in the middle of two of our busiest streets, is a major transportation hub for public transit users,” said Helene Schpak of the Glassell Park Improvement Assn., which has been involved with the project since its inception.   “The lack of a proper shelter and seating at this location is what inspired the community to work in conjunction with students at SCI-Arc and their teacher/architect Michael Pinto in 2004.”

Among some of the issues to be covered at tonight’s meeting organized by Council District 1 is how to pay for the pavilion and what it will look like.  The SCI-Arc students’ concept features a row of white, triangular canopies and several benches. But tonight’s meeting will also include an alternative proposal, details of which were not available.

“I’m pleased that CD1 is bringing the question of whether to move forward with this structure or replace it with one of their own because the need that ignited this effort still remains,” Schpak said.

Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 pm at Glassell Park Elementary School. Click here for details.

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  1. Probably got shoved aside because of the area being a ghetto area. Had it been in a chez whitie neighborhood they would have built it in a New York second.

    • You are right. If you build it an lower income area, most of it would get tagged up. Can’t give the poor anything nice because they won’t appreciate it. Hell they can’t take care of themselves. Most of them drop out school. If you don’t love yourself, don’t expect others too.

      • Eon, that wasn’t exactly my point about the low life taggers or about the “poor” residents themselves. My point is about the city not caring about these low income neighborhoods.

        • Why care? They don’t care about themselves; they leave their shopping carts around; they are overweight; they drop out of school in mass; they liter; they have never ending garage sales. We are suppose to care about these people?

          • You.Are.A.Moron. If you think for a hot second that residents in Beverly Hills or any other affluent community is out on the street cleaning up after themselves so that their streets are clean, and/or servicing their areas on their own, you’re on a spectrum of retardation that has not yet been regarded – since any thought coming from the likes of you is abysmal.

            Taxes are supposed to pay for these services, clean safe streets, et al., their allocation is up to people whom are voted into office to make them available and use said funds in their communities – regardless of who lives in them – unfortunately many have a limited thinking capacity, like you do.

            Poor people pay taxes also – not just in wages, but in all sorts of interesting and very polarizing ways. Like having to put up with the city not cleaning their streets and not caring about their communities unless they are gentrifying/gentrified. This is also why it irks many residents who live through the worst crises in their ignored communities that white people can simply say “they don’t care” about their communities.

            You sir, are an ignorant person. Read a little, and open you mind to information that is out there. The internet has been around now for over a decade, and you would do yourself a favor, as well as society if you look up a few things and educate yourself. “These People” The gall of this person….

          • so two wrongs make a right. way to go Eon. It’s people like you why this a sad world to live in.

  2. This can only be used by people waiting for buses heading north on San Fernando Rd and south on Eagle Rock Blvd/Cypress. Ave. It would be nice to have shelters on the outsides too.

  3. If there was a community consensus developed over the transit pavilion project, why would the new Council office be proposing something different?

    It reminds me of those audits at LAUSD where bond funds were wasted on school building proposals and then when new managers came in they threw away the multi-million dollar plans of the former consensus and imposed their own “preference” to waste millions on plans for different buildings.

    The community spoke long ago. Let’s build what came out of all that hard work.

    • Hi Mora, I am doing a story on the pavilion project for my journalism class at USC, I was wondering if you used the public transportation at Glassell Park? It seems you are in favor of building the pavilion, so has the lack of it affected you in any way?

      Also, can I quote you in my story with your comment?

  4. Mandogood,

    I love community mattresses; I love community shopping carts; I love community sofas; I especially love community art. It is what it is. They don’t care.

  5. Glassal, Cypress Park and mt washington are improving drastically. They were a little late after highland/silverlake,/echo, but every month I see the area improving. I think we have a ways to go but things like this transit pavilion are making the area are really improvin it and the real estate prices are following. We are still much more affordable, then atwater, echo park and highland park, but have a lot to offer

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