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Polka dots are back in fashion in Silver Lake

The polka dots return | Photo by Patrick Pascal

The polka dots return | Patrick Pascal

SILVER LAKE — Workers began painting the polka dot pattern across Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza – this week after after the dots went missing last April as part of repairs to the pavement at the pedestrian plaza.

Patrick Pascal took photos of the newly painted, 43-inch wide dots and new planters that will be installed at the plaza, located on the eastern tip of Griffith Park Boulevard near Sunset Boulevard.

In addition to the new polka dots and planters, the plaza, which was created three years ago as part of a program to transform portions of streets into public gathering spaces, will also receive new signage and “bicycling destinations” (not sure what those are), according to the city’s PeopleStreet program.

New planters for the plaza | Patrick Pascal

New planters for the plaza | Patrick Pascal



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7 comments

  1. DRINKING GAME!…Take a shot every time you hear the words hipster in response to this post.

  2. The polka dots are back, and the trucks from the farmers market will be driving over them tomorrow, tire marks, oil leaks and whatever else kinda stains on the dots.

    • I know, right? I’ll never understand why they can’t just park their trucks along Sunset, and bring some dollies and folding tables to setup shop. Seems to me they could fit a few more vendors and a lot more space in the plaza that way.

  3. I like the planters:) yeah!

  4. For those confused about the “bicycling destinations” mentioned in this post, Streetsblog’s coverage of the new People St plazas provides more clarity…. http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/01/14/work-underway-on-three-new-ladot-people-st-plazas/

    “Though L.A. streets have plenty of signage targeted at drivers, all four plazas are receiving people-scale signage. The signs include information about the plaza, and feature local wayfinding focused on nearby destinations that are easy to walk and bike to.”

    • Niall wrote “For those confused about the “bicycling destinations” mentioned in this post, Streetsblog’s coverage of the new People St plazas provides more clarity…. http://la.streetsblog.org/2015/01/14/work-underway-on-three-new-ladot-people-st-plazas/

      Well, the article you provided a link to makes no mention on the Silverlake area.

      In any event, instead of signs and maps directing people out of the Silverlake plaza, why not install benches so people can sit and enjoy the plaza. What about cleaning up the grass area, including fixing the fountain so it works, trimming the palm trees of the dead palms.

      …..and why did the city hire a company from outside California (the trucks showed Colorado) to do all the work? Why not find local companies, or at the very least, a company in California?

      • I think it’s safe to assume that the signage being installed at the new plazas will be similar to the signage planned for Sunset Triangle, given that they’re all under the People St umbrella.

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